Tommie Harris said goodbye to the Bears and Chicago by taking out a full-page add in the Sun-Times. Here's the text of the ad that appeared in Thursday's editions:
Words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for your support throughout my seven seasons with the Chicago Bears.
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 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 comradery 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 never have asked for better teammates, better fans or a better city.
So, thank you, Chicago. It's been a great run!
May God bless all of you,
"The Real Deal"