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Mason named ADT Defensive Player of the Month

March 2, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release

Austin Wranglers defensive specialist Damon Mason has been selected as the Arena Football League's ADT Defensive Player of the Month for January/February. In five games for the Wranglers, Mason has played a vital role in the team's 4-1 start this season. He has been named ADT Defensive Player of the Game twice and ADT Defensive Player of the Week once this season.

Mason (5-9, 190, Louisiana-Lafayette) leads the AFL with six interceptions and 106 return yards through five games, which is just one shy from his career mark of seven in a season. Through the first month of the AFL's 20th season, the three-time All-Arena selection leads the Wranglers with 28 tackles and five pass breakups.

In both of the Wranglers first two games, Mason earned the ADT Defensive Player of the Game honor. Against Las Vegas, Mason recorded two interceptions for Wranglers season- and single-game highs of 47 return yards. He also tied a Wranglers single-game high with nine tackles.

Against Arizona, Mason reestablished the records set a week prior with his three-interception performance, adding 59 return yards. He contributed four tackles and three pass breakups in the road win. For Mason's three interceptions, a new single-game career best, he was named the AFL's ADT Defensive Player of the Week in week two.

In Kansas City, Mason led the team with seven tackles. Against Dallas, Mason recorded five tackles and two pass breakups in the Texas Showdown. In the Wranglers first loss at Tampa Bay, Mason stood out with 4.5 tackles and one interception, bringing his season total to six.

This is Mason's second ADT Defensive Player of the Month selection as he was honored in May of 2005. Mason is the AFL's all-time career tackles leader with 755.5. A nine-year AFL veteran, Mason joined the Wranglers as a free agent in the off-season.

Other AFL monthly award winners included: Dallas Desperados WR/DB WILL PETTIS (Ironman), Utah Blaze OS SIAHA BURLEY, Georgia Force rookie DS CHRIS BROWN (Rookie) and Los Angeles Avengers kicker REMY HAMILTON (Kicker).

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