By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal
ALLEN — One year after finishing a stellar football career with Texas A&M University-Commerce, Danny Mason will be suiting up for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.
The 2012 Lone Star Conference Linebacker of the Year Signed a contract with the Revolution last week.
Formerly the Allen Wranglers, the Revolution play in the Allen Event Center. This is their second season as the Revolution, but their 14th as a franchise. The team is probably most famous for signing former NFLstar Terrell Owens, who played eight games for them.
“I was in school this past semester, not knowing what the next move for football was,” Mason said. “I was staying prepared for opportunities, watching the Lions restore the roar this past season. The Texas Revolution reached out to me and asked for some film, and we went from there.”
Mason earned the team’s interest from the 2013 Texas vs The Nation game he competed in.
“The defensive coordinator remembered me from the Texas vs The Nation practice, and he told me to come out here and treat it like a developmental league, get my film up and take care of business,” Mason said. “He said scouts are coming every day, and the sky is the limit.”
He hopes his time wit the Revolution will help him move closer to his goal of playing in the NFL.
“[A&M-Commerce head coach] Colby Carthel’s dad, Don, knows the coach I’m going to be playing for [Chris Williams],” Mason said. “He told me great things about Williams, and that helps the process a little more. I just stepped back and trusted the process; it’s still a tough process not knowing where I want to be at. This is one step in the ladder toward playing in the NFL. I’m keeping God first.”
He is happy to be playing football again.
“I don’t really think it’s sunk yet,” he said. “I’m excited; I feel blessed more than anything. I feel like I got another chance to get things right, work on my craft and my mental game. I’m excited for my family and friends.”
Mason will play linebacker in a 4-2-5 system for the indoor football team, a shift from his usual system and stadium.
“I’m a football player at the end of the day,” he said. “Playing on different surfaces will be the biggest adjustment. Knocking off the rust won’t be a big issue; doing the little things, reps, reps, reps, then I’ll be fine.”
Mason knows he’ll be well supported in his new uniform.
“I don’t think the Allen team knew what they were getting themselves into,” he said, laughing. “They’re signing my family, my friends and my supporters.” In four seasons with the Lions, Mason totaled 280 tackles, including 24.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and two interceptions. In 2012, Mason finished with 115 tackles in only 10 games, third in the nation in tackles per game. He won the Lone Star Conference Linebacker of the Year Award and was named to the First Team All-LSC in 2012.
Mason spent the last year as an assistant coach (defensive line) for the Lions. The Louisville, Ken. native graduated this fall with a degree in criminal justice. He hopes to wear his college number, 21, for the Revolution. Mason reports Feb. 8.