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Derrick Mason's NFL retirement is just about finding a way to fill his days

Originally Published: August 23, 2013
By Tim Struby | ESPN The Magazine

6:00 A.M. FRANKLIN, TENN.

DERRICK MASON WAKES up before it's light out, as he does every morning. Sometimes he feels stiffness in old battle wounds -- a reconstructed scapula, a left knee plagued by tendinitis, a right pinkie that doesn't bend. But mostly he considers himself lucky; after 943 receptions, 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns -- 15 seasons in the NFL -- he's not suffering from anything really serious, like arthritic hips or headaches due to chronic traumatic ...

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