Coach John Harbaugh thanked Mason on behalf of his staff and the fan base for making that choice. Harbaugh said he never remembered the veteran receiver missing a single practice during the time he coached him, and he reminisced about the game at Dallas in December 2008 when Mason caught six passes, including a touchdown, despite playing with a cracked scapula that basically limited him to using just one arm.
“That’s the Derrick Mason that we all know and love,” Harbaugh said. “Derrick was a guy that you can count on. I’ve never seen a better route runner.”