Tommie Harris takes out an ad to thank the fans

The Chicago Bears cut ties with Tommie Harris on Monday, making a decision that they needed to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

Harris was the first draft pick of the Lovie Smith era, and after seven seasons in Chicago, parting ways wasn’t easy for him. Harris paid for a full-page color ad in the Chicago Tribune in Thursday’s edition to thank fans.

"Words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for your support throughout my seven seasons with the Chicago Bears," the ad reads.

"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!"

The farewell letter is signed: Tommie Harris, The Real Deal.

Now, Harris will set out to find a new home. He made only 1

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