OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Derrick Mason has retired as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, the team that provided him his biggest thrills during a 15-year NFL career.
The 38-year-old wide receiver announced his decision Monday in a ceremony at the Ravens' training complex. He said the decision wasn't difficult, and he wanted to leave as a Raven because ``my heart was here.''
Mason played eight seasons with Tennessee before signing as a free agent with Baltimore in 2005. He never missed a game over six seasons with the Ravens and is the team career leader with 471 catches and 5,777 yards receiving. He also ranks second with 29 touchdown catches.
Mason ranks 11th on the NFL career list with 943 catches. He amassed 12,061 yards receiving and scored 66 touchdowns.