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THE QUESTIONS

Nov. 21, 2005
Nov. 21, 2005

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THE QUESTIONS

WITH Derrick Mason, Ravens receiver

What was your welcome-to-the-NFL moment?
My first catch in my first game as a rookie [in 1997]. Against Oakland. I knew I belonged.

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Your most embarrassing moment?
In Green Bay I ran onto the field right before a punt with no helmet on. I didn't realize it because it was so cold and I had so much stuff on my head to keep me warm.

Your favorite off-day activity?
Going to Best Buy. I love electronics.

What's one thing about being an NFL player that people don't think about?
That it's year-round. People think it's a glamorous four-months-a-year job where you only work on Sundays. But it's a year-round job to prepare for the season.

If I were commissioner for a day, I'd ...
sit up in my office and relax. I wouldn't change one rule.

LAST WEEK
The Ravens' top receiver, Mason, 31, had four catches in a loss to the Jags. "We can't point fingers at each other," he said afterward of his 2--7 team.

THIS WEEK
Ravens host Steelers; Mason had 91 receiving yards vs. Pittsburgh Oct. 31.

PHOTOCHRIS GARDNER/AP (MASON IN ACTION)PHOTOCAPPY JACKSON/WIREIMAGE.COM (MASON HEAD SHOT)