Mason to retire today as a Raven

Derrick Mason will retire today as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Mason had announced his desire to end his career as a Raven last month when he decided to retire. Now, according to the Baltimore Sun, he will make it official.

Mason is the Ravens' all-time leading receiver with 471 catches for 5,777 yards. He put up 1,000-yard receiving seasons in four of his six years there. He signed with the Ravens after being a salary cap casualty by the Tennessee Titans after the 2004 season there. Mason, who still has a home in the Nashville area, explained why he chose the Ravens as his retirement choise over the Titans.

'Tennessee gave me an opportunity -- and I will always be grateful for that -- to actually live out one of my dreams and play this game and play at a high level," Mason said. "But once I got to Baltimore, that’s when I really started to grow as a player, that’s when I really started to understand what this game was about, why I was playing it. That’s why I want to retire as a Raven, because I had some great, great memories there and I met a lot of great people. That’s my football family.”

The Ravens released Mason after the lockout and he signed with the New York Jets, but was traded to Houston during the 2011 season and later released. That's when he decided it was time to retire.

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