Derrick Mason Retires

January 11, 2012 | Derek Halford

Derrick Mason retired after 15 seasons in the NFL. Mason played for the Titans, Ravens, Jets, and Texans before retiring this month. Mason was voted to 2 pro bowls and 2 all pro teams in his career. He is also the Baltimore Ravens all time leading receiver.

Mason played college football at Michigan State. He was then drafted in the 4th round in the 1997 draft by the Houston Oilers who soon became the Tennessee Titans.

In Mason’s first few years, he was mainly used as a punt/kick returner. In 2000, he led the NFL in punt return yards while also catching 63 passes for 895 yards and returning 41 kickoffs for 1,132 yards , giving him 2,690 combined receiving and special teams yards, breaking the NFL record for all purpose yards in a single season. In 2001, he scored 9 touchdowns and once again had over 2,000 all purpose yards.

In 2002, he started to break out as a wide receiver as he led the team in receptions, reception yards, and touchdowns. In 2003, he finished with 1,303 receiving yards and 95 receptions which was 5th highest in the NFL that season. In 2004, his final season with the Titans, he finished with 96 receptions, 1,168 yards, and 7 touchdowns.

Mason signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an unrestricted free agent on March 7, 2005. In his first year with the team, he recorded 86 receptions, a Ravens franchise season record. In 2006, he finished the season with 68 receptions for 750 yards and 2 touchdowns. The following year, Mason had 103 receptions for 1,087 yards and 5 touchdowns. Mason became the first player in Ravens history to record 100 receptions in a season. In 2008, Mason was selected as a third alternate wide receiver for the Pro Bowl, he had 80 receptions for 1037 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. On November 21, 2010, Mason caught his 900th reception, becoming the 13th receiver in NFL history to do so. After the league settled on a new collective bargaining agreement, the Ravens released Mason on July 28, 2011.

Mason signed with the New York Jets on August 6, 2011. The Jets traded Mason to the Houston Texans on October 11, 2011. The Texans released Mason on December 12, 2011. He finished the season with 19 receptions for 170 yards.

Mason finished his career with 943 receptions, 12,061 yards, and 66 touchdowns. Mason finished with 182 punt returns for 1,590 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also finished with 156 kick returns for 3,496 yards and 1 touchdown.

Do you think these numbers will get him into the Hall of fame?