That's why it was such a classy gesture for Reed to buy a full-page ad in the sports section of Sunday's Baltimore Sun. Under the headline "Thank You Baltimore," his message to fans reads:
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
This isn't the first time an ex-Ravens player has done this. Two years ago, tight end Todd Heap took out a half-page ad to thank Ravens fans before he returned to play in Baltimore as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Just like Heap, Reed will get to play in Baltimore one more time when the Texans play at the Ravens this season. And, just like Heap, it will be strange for Ravens fans to see first-hand one of their all-time greats playing in something other than purple.