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.