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Tre Mason Had It All at Auburn, But Where is He Now?
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Former Auburn Tigers star running back Tre Mason had a sensational college career followed by a brief stint in the NFL.

While he showed a lot of promise throughout his playing days, he failed to find his footing in the pros, and off-field issues prematurely ended his tenure with the St. Louis Rams.

While Mason’s NFL career was over before it had the chance to really take off, fans will always remember his tremendous junior campaign on The Plains.

So where is Tre Mason now?

Tre Mason Football Career

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Tre Mason grew up in Florida and attended Park Vista High School. He earned a scholarship to Auburn despite being overlooked by other top SEC schools such as Alabama.

While at Auburn, Mason enjoyed a solid sophomore season when he scored 12 touchdowns, but his college career really took off in his junior year. He rushed for 1,871 yards and scored a remarkable 23 rushing touchdowns.

Mason finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting that season and put himself in Auburn’s record books for most single-season rushing yards.

Following his stellar junior campaign, Mason declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, where he was selected in the third round (75th overall pick) by the St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams).

During his rookie season, Mason racked up 765 yards, scored four touchdowns and had two fumbles across 12 games. He was relegated to backup duties in his second season, however, as the Rams had selected Georgia’s Todd Gurley with their first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mason last played in a regular season game in 2015.

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Offseason Controversy

The 2016 offseason was disastrous for Mason. The star running back had multiple run-ins with law enforcement and displayed erratic behavior.

One incident included Mason leading Palm Beach County police on a chase while driving an ATV, per TMZ. He was eventually charged with “fleeing and eluding without regard for others’ safety.”

Prior to that arrest, Mason was also arrested in March after being hospitalized and charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of cannabis and failure to register a vehicle.

Additionally, the police had been called to his mother’s home multiple times over a four-month span. He went AWOL. He refused to answer calls from the Rams organization and was deemed a no-show at training camp before turning up doing drills on his mother’s front lawn in Lake Worth, Fla.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters the team was more concerned with Mason’s well-being than his football career at the time.

According to AL.com, Mason’s mother told police that her son had a “10-year-old’s mindset,” suggesting multiple hits to the head throughout his football career had impacted his mental state.

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Tre Mason Now

These days, Tre Mason is looking to make an NFL comeback.

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His comeback attempt was announced in 2018 after a two-year hiatus from the game. He reached out to various NFL teams regarding another chance in the league, but wasn’t signed.

The standout third-round draft pick latched on with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 2018 before being released the following year.

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Karl Rasmussen is a sports writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon and is an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Yankees and New York Jets.
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