‘It’s kind of laughable’: Argos’ RB Andrew Harris brushes off Alouettes owner’s promise to ‘kill Toronto’

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Andrew Harris has yet to play his first game in Double Blue but he is already coming to the defence of the Toronto Argonauts in the media.

The future Hall of Fame Canadian running back made an appearance on TSN 1050’s First Up on Thursday morning to hype up the Argos’ home-opener against Montreal later this evening. The conversation quickly turned to Alouettes owner Gary Stern’s near-guarantee earlier in the week that his team would “kill Toronto”, a proclamation which Harris deftly brushed aside.

“It’s kind of laughable,” he said. “Good for him. He’s got confidence in his team. It’s very, very early. He’s never even seen us all out on the field there as the new Toronto Argonauts.”

The 35-year-old running back is one of a handful of high-profile new faces who joined the Boatmen this offseason, including 2019 Most Outstanding Player Brandon Banks and star pass rusher Ja’Gared Davis. Banks and Harris in particular are seen as being on the downside of their careers, but both have plenty more to give in a new uniform.

“Speaking for myself, and I’m pretty sure that Brandon’s the same way, we both know that we still have some gas left in the tank and we can both really contribute at a high level,” Harris said, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic for the pair’s injury-riddled 2021 seasons.

They’ll both have their first chance to prove that against the Alouettes and Stern has provided more than a little extra motivation to an opponent that was already favoured by -3.5 according to most Ontario sportsbooks. As anyone who is familiar with Harris will tell you, it’s never safe to bet against him with a chip on his shoulder.

“We’ll let our play do the talking. I’m going to leave it with that,” Harris insisted. “Those are confident words from Gary, but we’ll let our play do the talking, our pads do the talking and we’ll see the outcome after tonight.”