Andrew Harris certainly set the bar high for his Canadian Football League career.
In only his third year in the league, the former V.I. Raiders star played a key role in the B.C. Lions’s 34-23 Grey Cup win Sunday over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was named the game’s Most Valuable Canadian.
Harris, the Leo’s starting tailback, had a 19-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and was the leading rusher on the day with 65 yards on 10 carries.
He hauled in one pass for six yards and returned one kick off for 18 yards.
Raiders coach Matt “Snoop” Blokker attended the game and said Harris played equally well with and without the ball.
“He looked strong when he ran and the little things he did without the ball made a big difference,” he said.
On one run, Harris avoided being tackled for a loss with a heads-up pass attempt that went incomplete.
“A lot of people are starting to realize what an intelligent football player Andrew really is,” said Blokker.
Blokker was among the family and friends celebrating with Harris after the game and said the 24-year-old was a little overwhelmed by all the excitement.
“It’s a lot to take in – he’s a Grey Cup champion,” he said.