Derrick Mason To End Retirement, Appears At Baltimore Ravens' Camp

Louis NethContributor IAugust 1, 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)

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Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason showed up to training camp and will end his retirement. Mason is expected to send a letter to the NFL stating his intentions on playing in 2009.

"It was a tough decision, but I think it was a good decision for me to come back, I needed to evaluate my life, football and my career", Mason said in a statement.

Mason, always the family man, also had this to say, "I still have an intense fire inside me, and I want to play. … I felt like I had left something undone, and I wanted to finish it. I believe this is a good example for my son and my daughter on how to be thoughtful and also follow through."

He called Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Saturday morning to express his decision to return. He also met with GM Ozzie Newsome and Head Coach John Harbaugh Saturday morning.

The death of his good friend, Steve McNair, may have been the heaviest reason for his retirement but it also could've been due to the team's unwillingness to re-structure his contract.

The 35 year old has been a key cog in the Raven's offense the past four seasons, and with his retirement many questioned the Ravens passing game.

Mason plan's on practicing Sunday and it should be in front of a very happy, or should I say relieved crowd.