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Ed Reed thanks Ravens fans with a full-page ad

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Days after signing with the Texans, former Ravens safety Ed Reed said goodbye to Baltimore, by taking a full-page ad out in the Baltimore Sun.

It was a better investment than Ryan Kalil’s last foray into purchasing newsprint real estate.

Under the headline “Thank you, Baltimore,” Reed expressed his gratitude to the city, after the team just let him walk away.

“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,” the ad read. “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”

Reed gets to walk away a hero in Baltimore, which may be better for his legacy than if he had stayed and played. He’s turning 35 in September, and might not look like the player Baltimore fans have grown to love for long.

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31 Responses to “Ed Reed thanks Ravens fans with a full-page ad”
  1. mdagnew1 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:44 AM

    Great player and an even better man. Good luck chasing that 2nd ring…

  2. j0esixpack says: Mar 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    Nice move by Reed.

    Unfortunately most Baltimore fans have convinced themselves that the Exodus caused by overpaying Flacco is part of a master plan to get rid of old washed up guys like Reed, Pollard, Boldin, etc.

    They’ve all drank the Kool-Aid and are convinced the team is better without them.

  3. ravgt says: Mar 24, 2013 9:48 AM

    Thanks to you, Ed. Good luck with the Texans. Play safe.

  4. jrob1020 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:50 AM

    Nothing but class! Best of luck #20

  5. reed20ravens says: Mar 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    We love you Ed. Can’t wait until you sign a 3-day contract and retire the right way. Thanks for everything.
    Greatest Ball Hawk Baltimore will ever know.

  6. reed20fence says: Mar 24, 2013 9:53 AM

    Bal-more thanks you too Eddie!

  7. logicalvoicesayz says: Mar 24, 2013 9:59 AM

    We love you too REEEEEEEEEEEEDDD!

    Forever a Raven

    #noweapons

  8. flavordave says: Mar 24, 2013 10:00 AM

    Class act. First ballot hall of famer so have some respect.

  9. jtm12180 says: Mar 24, 2013 10:01 AM

    As a steelers fan, it’s nice to see players not forget where they started, and show appreciation for the fans who financed their millions

  10. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 24, 2013 10:06 AM

    …and all 5 of them really appreciated. Everyone else in Maryland turn right to the Redskins news.

  11. bohknows says: Mar 24, 2013 10:09 AM

    No Ed, Thank you for everything. The playmaking risks that you have taken on the field cemented your place in the HOF. It is a shame to see you go, but it’s good to see you went to a class organization and a solid contender in Houston.

  12. The Prophet says: Mar 24, 2013 10:24 AM

    If this was Green Bay, the fans would call Ed Reed a “Benedict Arnold” and say he’s picking money over winning.

  13. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 24, 2013 10:29 AM

    This is not so unusual. Alan Faneca, among other former Steelers, thanked the fanbase via full-page ads upon departure.
    Faneca is probably still kicking himself for having missed out on a second Super Bowl ring by taking the Jets over the Steelers.

  14. qbofthenever says: Mar 24, 2013 10:34 AM

    Hey Urlacher…take note.

  15. mclovinib says: Mar 24, 2013 10:43 AM

    one of my favorite ravens. this man was truly one of the few true game changers this fan has ever seen. gonna be missed no doubt. unfortunately, father time is undefeated and always will be. truly the best safety of the this century…only haters will disagree. baltimore defense will never be quite the same without 20 and 52 on our side. RESPECT…

  16. nananatman says: Mar 24, 2013 10:46 AM

    They should have thanked HIM with a full page ad

  17. scoobies05 says: Mar 24, 2013 10:59 AM

    thanks for the memories ed

  18. vincentbojackson says: Mar 24, 2013 11:06 AM

    Classy gesture.

    Wait, they still print newspapers?

  19. ravenator says: Mar 24, 2013 11:18 AM

    Thank you Ed! What a legend!

  20. imeanwhatisay says: Mar 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    well spoken reed .hope you get two tickets to paradise back uh your bags and leave tonight whoa whoa whoa whoa

  21. kelshannon19 says: Mar 24, 2013 12:07 PM

    @ The Prophet,
    Good thing he has both in Houston.

  22. ravenmuscle says: Mar 24, 2013 12:54 PM

    All the best to you Ed…thanks for everything.

  23. neepo13 says: Mar 24, 2013 1:02 PM

    It is such a shame that he had to retire. He was my favorite player ever. Ravens games just won’t be the same without an Ed Reed lateral to make you experience a range of emotions in 10 seconds flat.

  24. footballfan01 says: Mar 24, 2013 2:05 PM

    I like to think that logicalvoices and ravenator are identical twins that still share a bunk bed in their parents’ basement.

  25. mfrizzle says: Mar 24, 2013 2:36 PM

    Judging by the interview on nfl network, it seems to me that he didn’t want to leave Baltimore. Though it can be hard to understand him at times, I got the impression that he will be returning to the Ravens when he is done playing. Best of luck in Houston, Ed.

  26. lp0320 says: Mar 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    As a Steelers’ Fan, I am not sad to see Ed Reed leave Baltimore because that’s less we have to play against him. But he showed a great deal of class and regard for the fans and city of Baltimore.

    Good Luck Ed, stay safe and enjoy the rest of your career!

  27. melikefootball says: Mar 24, 2013 3:44 PM

    Ravens got what they wanted , a Suber Bowl trophy and tell the ones that got it for you, goodbye. Class all the way.

  28. soxfan34110 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:03 PM

    Looks like Steve Bisciotti attended the Florida Marlins school of franchise management…win once and then gut the team like a fish to maximize profits. He’s made it a lot easier for Brady and Co. to win SB #4.

  29. scoobies05 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:31 PM

    you do realize that ed chose to leave dont you. he wanted to make more money which is fine…but his not being here is his decision.

  30. soxfan34110 says: Mar 24, 2013 11:23 PM

    Congrats on having the highest paid QB! Hope you don’t like championships B-more!

  31. dt74ballance says: Mar 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    We’ll miss Ed here in Baltimore. He may be wearing Texans Battle Red next season, but he will always be a Raven.

    Texan fans, you’re getting a quiet leader of men. Enjoy him while you have him.

    The Dean of Ball Hawk University – Ed Reed

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