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Veteran running back Andrew Harris to retire as member of Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris (33) takes the field ahead of first half football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 108th CFL Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Harris will retire as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on April 27, 2024.  (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris (33) takes the field ahead of first half football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 108th CFL Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Harris will retire as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on April 27, 2024. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)
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Andrew Harris will finish his illustrious CFL career with his hometown team.

Harris, 37, will sign a one-day contract Saturday to retire as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the CFL team announced Wednesday.

Harris played five CFL seasons with Winnipeg (2016-19, 2021), helping the Bombers win Grey Cups in 2019 and '21. He was named both the top Canadian and Grey Cup MVP in the club's 33-12 championship win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2019.

Harris began his CFL career with the B.C. Lions (2009-15), then ended it with the Toronto Argonauts (2022-23). A four-time Grey Cup champion. Harris will retire as the top-rushing Canadian in league history with 10,380 yards.

Harris also ran for 51 TDs while adding 607 catches for 5,489 yards and 32 touchdowns. A five-time CFL all-star, Harris was named the top Canadian in the 2011 Grey Cup with B.C. and the league's outstanding Canadian player in 2017.

Harris also helped Toronto win the 2022 Grey Cup, a 24-23 decision over Winnipeg.

Harris was named the head of football operations for the Vancouver Island Raiders junior squad in 2023 and will assume head-coaching duties this season.

   This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 24, 2024.

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