By Josh Katzowitz
After a season in which Derrick Mason supposedly took part in a mutiny attempt against Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, got traded to the Texans for a low-round draft pick, and watched as Houston released him after an ineffective stint, Mason has decided he’s had enough.
"I'm done," Mason told Scout.com. "I won't be playing football. I only knew one play to play football, going all-out and having fun out there."
Sounds like 2011 wasn’t such a blast for Mason, who recorded only 19 catches for 170 yards in the 15th year of his two-time Pro Bowl career.
Though it ended quietly -- he was released by the Ravens in the preseason before he was traded and then waived -- Mason can take solace in his more-than-solid career: he finished with 943 receptions, 11th-best all-time, and 17,150 all-purpose yards (14th-best).
As such, he’s got no regrets about leaving the game.
"That's one thing, I leave it healthy and able to run and walk and not take a half-hour or 45 minutes to get out of bed," Mason said. "I can jump right out of the bed and go. I don't have lingering pains as of now. Me leaving now, even though it didn't happen the way I wanted it to happen, I had a good run. It was fun while it lasted."
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