With Mason leading the way, receiving game in good hands

On the Ravens

August 15, 2006|By MIKE PRESTON

It was a couple of days before the January 2000 Super Bowl, and Tennessee Titans receiver Derrick Mason already had on his game face. After he caught a pass during the two-minute drill, he turned and got into a fistfight with safety Blaine Bishop and any other defensive back who wanted some of the action.

"It was a heated situation," said Mason, whose Titans went on to lose to the St. Louis Rams, 23-16. "Our defense was in their two-minute package trying to stop us, and we were trying to score. I made a catch, and things went kind of haywire. Once I step out on the field, anything goes. I turn into a different person. They're out there trying to take your head off, so you might as well take theirs off."

Next preseason game Eagles@Ravens, Thursday, 8 p.m.

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