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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Derrick Mason retires, Hines Ward does not

By Jamison Hensley

On the day that one long-time AFC North wide receiver decided to retire, another one refuted a report that he intends to do so.

Derrick Mason, the all-time leading receiver for the Ravens, announced his retirement after 15 NFL seasons. This past season was a difficult one for Mason, who was salary-cap cut by the Ravens, traded by the New York Jets and released by the Texans.

Still, Mason finished with 943 receptions (11th all-time) and 17,150 all-purpose yards (14th).

"I'm done," Mason told Scout.com. "I won't be playing football. I leave it healthy and able to run and walk and not take a half-hour or 45 minutes to get out of bed. Me leaving now, even though it didn't happen the way I wanted it to happen, I had a good run."

Steelers receiver Hines Ward isn't planning on following Mason out of football. This comes after a CBS Sports.com report said a Steelers player texted the site, saying Ward would soon announce his retirement.

"I have no plans on retiring right now," Mason wrote on his Facebook page. "I want to win another Superbowl. I don't know where the media is getting this info from but rest assured that when I decide to retire, you'll hear it from ME first."

Ward answered the question on whether or not he wants to return. The next question is whether or not he'll play for the Steelers next season. After losing his starting job this year, he is scheduled to make $4 million next season.