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Derrick Mason played his final game as a Tennessee Titan on Jan. 2, 2005. By Derrick's standards, he would certainly go on to post many games much better than this one.
For Titans fans, however, his four receptions and 48 yards on the day were memorable, as they were his last.
The Titans won this game, 24-19, over the Detroit Lions at home in Nashville.
After the game, Derrick went on to sign as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, only to return to Nashville as an opponent.
Between 2001 and 2005 Derrick was one of the top receivers in the NFL. During that stretch, he posted five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and led the Titans to a number of playoff appearances.
I know for him, being a Titan meant a lot. With the late, great Steve McNair passing him the ball, he leaves the NFL with many fond memories of his time in Tennessee.
As a lifelong Titans fan, I have tremendous respect and admiration for him as both a player and a man. I appreciate all he did for the Titans and for the game.
Derrick Mason will be missed.