Derrick Mason of the Ravens Retires After 12 Seasons

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 14, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 10:  Wide receiver Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after defeating the Tennessee Titans 13-10 during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Derrick Mason was the true meaning of consistency. After 12 seasons, eight with the Titans and four with Baltimore, Mason is deciding to hang it up for good.

Mason, who averaged a little more than four touchdowns per year, was an amazing receiver for whoever was fortunate enough to have him. In 12 years, he fumbled the ball only seven times.

Mason was pretty healthy throughout his career. He played in all 16 games in nine of the 12 seasons he was in the NFL, an uncommon feat today.

Mason was a true gentleman of the game. He wasn't flashy. He didn't talk like Ocho Cinco. He let his playing do his talking for him. You never heard him in the news for trash talking. He kept his mouth shut and came out week after week to play the game he loves.

Mason is a rare breed. He will be missed by the NFL and his fans.