Harris named Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Canadian in 107GC
CALGARY – With his effort in the 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw, Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris became the first-ever Canadian to be named the game’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian.
The 32-year-old had two first-half touchdowns to help propel the Blue and Gold to a 33-12 victory. His performance led Winnipeg to their first championship since 1990.
This was the second time that Harris has been awarded Most Valuable Canadian in a Grey Cup. The first time he won was in 2011 during the 99th Grey Cup as a member of the BC Lions.
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Harris finished the contest with 134 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries to go along with 35 yards and a major score on five receptions.
“We were in the zone and I was feeling it,” Harris said shortly after receiving his MVP and MVC honours. “All the haters out there that talked (expletive) , this is for you!”
After surpassing 100 yards on the ground in the fourth quarter, Harris became the first Bomber to rush for over 100 yards in a Grey Cup in 61 years.
It was the first time a Canadian has won both honours but not the first time we’ve seen a Canadian MVP. While the MVC was created in 1971, Russ Jackson was named the MVP of the 57th Grey Cup in 1969.
“I honestly couldn’t believe it,” Harris continued. “It is surreal right now. I’m so proud of my teammates and the city, I love you guys. We are coming home with that cup!!”