Harris Thanks Fans In Newspaper Ad

Tommie Harris was cut by the Chicago Bears on Monday, but he didn’t want to leave the city behind until he did one thing. Harris took out a full page, color ad in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune to thank the fans.

“Words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for your support throughout my seven seasons with the Chicago Bears,” Harris says in the ad addressed to Chicago.

“From the moment I first stepped off the plane back in 2004, I have felt the warmth of your welcome. I have been embraced by this great city and have come to know it as my home. I consider myself as much as a Chicagoan as a Texan.

“You have cheered with me in our victories, and I don’t think I could ever get tired of hearing your roar as I am introduced before a game!
“You have expressed your concern over my injuries.Thousands of you have sent letters, cards and e-mails over the years wishing me well.

“I will deeply miss my teammates whose camaraderie on and off the field is unmatched. I could not imagine going into battle with a better group of guys.

“I have met so many of you in person, and you are always so kind and friendly. I will miss each and every one of you.

“I could have never asked for better teammates, better fans or a better city.

“So, thank you, Chicago. It’s been a great run!

“Tommie Harris, The Real Deal”

Harris was the 14th overall draft pick by the Bears back in 2004. He appeared in 104 games for the Bears and registered 213 tackles and 28.5 sacks. He was selected to the Pro-Bowl in 2005-07 and was a second team All-Pro selection in 2005.

  • Mark, Sterling

    I have definitely done my share of criticizing Tommie for all kinds of things while he was a Bear. I cheered hard for him but the last few seasons, like most people, I became very frustrated with his seemingly “diva-like” behavior. He could have very easily just left town and played the woe-is-me game. This ad, to me, shows REAL class on his part. It may be P.R. people or someone elses idea, but I can’t say that with any certainty. He could also be trying to send Chicago fans on a guilt trip for being so hard on him the last few years. Since I can’t prove any of that, I’m going to take it at face value. Very classy Tommie.

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  • Spoon

    Good luck Tommie, classy guy most of the time, and really classy for a football player. Thanks for the good years, and may you find success again.

  • GT

    We know football players” ability to play at an optimal level is limited due to injuries and the wear and tear of their bodies, but Tommie I know you played your heart out for this great city.Thank you for all your efforts!

  • Poppi

    A class act, like most of our Bears. We’re proud of your devotion and efforts, Tommie, and wish you good health and success in whatever the future holds for you.

  • Margie Brooke

    WHAT A CLASSY GUY; THIS is what makes up our Chicago Team….THANKYOU Tommie Harris for letting US enjoy YOUR run with the Chicago Bears, you won’t be forgotten

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