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Winnipeg (MB), Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Andrew Harris, 32, of Winnipeg Bombers, is the first Canadian to win Sunday night, some long-awaited Grey Cup by Winnipeg ending its 29-year championship drought, media reports said.
Harris earned his first Grey Cup in 2011 with B.C.
"That sounds good but the only trophy I want is the big silver one," said Harris, who upon signing with Winnipeg in 2016 made ending the city's Grey Cup drought his top priority. "It's surreal, it's amazing, it's a dream come true.
Winnipeg's Bombers, in blue uniforms, earned $16,000 apiece for the victory while Hamilton's Ticats players in black uniforms received $8,000 each.
Ticats suffered its 16th straight loss at McMahon Stadium, the previous 15 coming against the hometown Calgary Stampeders.
“Hats off to Winnipeg,” said linebacker Simoni Lawrence. “Winnipeg deserves the credit. They deserve to be champions right now. They played great football. Andrew Harris did a great job. Their O-line did a great job. They owned all three phases. That’s how you win the Grey Cup.”
“We just didn’t play like ourselves,” he continued. “They came out here and they executed better than us. And they played harder. That’s what happens.”