Andrew Harris passes 10,000 career rushing yards
Toronto Argonauts Running Back Andrew Harris broke the 10,000 career rushing yards mark in the CFL this past week. Harris broke the mark in the second quarter of the Argos 31-21 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Harris only needed 75 yards to hit 10,000 in Sunday’s game. And he passed the career mark with a two-yard carry in the red zone in the second quarter. He was a workhorse in the game too. Ultimately converting 26 carries into a 143 yards on the ground and adding 7 catches for 45 yards.
This makes Harris only the sixth player in CFL history to surpass 10,000 career yards on the ground. He joins some illustrious company. Including Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-time leading rusher Charles Roberts, the Edmonton Elks (then Eskimos) star Johnny Bright, Roughriders legend George Reed, dual threat QB Damon Allen. And former RB for Edmonton, the Montreal Alouettes, Sacramento Gold Miners, & Baltimore Stallions, the legendary Mike Pringle.
The next target for Andrew Harris
The next target for Harris is to move into fifth place on the all-time list. Now at 10,068 yards he is just 217 yards behind Robert’s career 10,285 yard mark.
He trails the fourth place man, bright by 841 yards, and third place man Allen by 1,852 yards. In his 12th season in the league, there will be questions over how much has left in the tank. Especially to chase the players higher up the list. Not least because Reed is 6,048 yards away and all-time leader Pringle has a 6,357 yard advantage.
But Harris sits in a category of his own anyway. He is the first Canadian Running Back to pass the 10,000 yard mark. Someone else might join him there but no-one can ever take away his status as the first to do it.
Really all of this is just burnishing a certain to be Hall of Fame career. Before joining the Argonauts as a free agent this off-season, the 35-year-old spent time with the BC Lions (2010-2015) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2016-2021).
He’s a three-time Grey Cup champion and was named the 107th Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian.
Banner Image: The Roughrider D surrounds record setter Andrew Harris. Image from Americanfootballinternational.