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Gary Kubiak releases statement following ouster

Kubiak was fired Friday. Aaron Wilson

Print This December 06, 2013, 05:30 PM EST

Even though Gary Kubiak was fired from his position as the Houston Texans' head coach, he exited with class in a statement released to the media.

In the statement, Kubiak expressed appreciation toward the franchise and the city of Houston throughout his time at the Texans' helm.

“I want to thank Bob McNair and his family for giving me my first head coaching opportunity in the National Football League," Kubiak said in the statement. "Bob has treated me with the utmost class and respect throughout my career with the Texans. I am appreciative of him for bringing me back to Houston to coach my hometown team.

"I want thank the players and coaches for all the work they have put in during my years with the Texans. Though we came up short this season, the work, effort and sacrifice they gave me and this organization over the last eight seasons is not to be taken for granted. I want to wish them all the best.

"I want to thank the people in the organization for their support over all the years. We could not have achieved our goals without their tireless work and commitment to our team.

"Lastly, my family and I want to thank the city of Houston for their support of the football team and our family. We had a great run here and we will never forget our back-to-back AFC South Championships. Coming back home was a dream come true for all of us. This will always be our home. Thank you.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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