Ed Reed is officially no longer a Baltimore Raven. After spending 11 elite years with the team, earning nine trips to the Pro Bowl and finally helping the franchise he loved to win a Super Bowl this past year, the front office chose not to re-sign him in the offseason. Thus, it was with mixed emotions that he signed a three-year deal with the Houston Texans, whom Baltimore will play next year.
The future Hall of Fame safety did not wait that long to express his gratitude to the fans in the city of Baltimore, however. On Sunday, Reed took out a full-page ad in The Baltimore Sun.
The ad reads as follows:
Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have ever imagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all. I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy.
Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I’m going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I’ll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community, this is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon.
Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you.
ED REED #20
Always seen as one of the hardest-working, classiest gentlemen in the NFL, Reed proved it on Sunday. Even though he did not receive the same treatment from his franchise as another former Miami Hurricanes standout did (anyone ever heard of Ray Lewis before?) he instead managed to leave the city with grace.
Keeping the money his foundation raises within the city of Baltimore is more than simply a nice touch — it is a tangible means for him to stay connected to the city through good, charitable works.
This ad only serves to remind the city of Baltimore that a man of Ed Reed’s caliber will be greatly missed, both on and off the field.