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After spell in NFL, Woodlawn grad seeks to warm children's hearts and feet

After spell in NFL, Woodlawn grad seeks to warm children's hearts and feet

If Tavon Mason were among the recipients of his foundation's Character Slipper Drive, he'd hope to wear the likeness of a surly, red-bandana'd Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on his feet.

"I'm a big Raphael fan," said Mason, a former New York Jets wide receiver. "He was the one that had the attitude … and at the end of the day he's going to have to save everybody."

Mason doesn't say he's trying to save anybody, but he is trying to help. A Baltimore native who was an All-Metro selection at Woodlawn and played at Virginia before joining the Jets as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2002, he started the Tavon Mason Loves the Kids Foundation upon his return...

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