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Thursday night they’re expected to step, side by side, into Winnipeg Blue Bombers history.Andrew Harris, the running back with the pistons for legs and a motor that won’t stop, and Stanley Bryant, the gentle giant of an offensive lineman, are up for two CFL player awards that haven’t belonged to a Bomber in 16 years.The last to be named the top Canadian is Doug Brown. The last to get his big mitts on the most outstanding O lineman award, Dave Mudge. Both won in 2001.It’s also the first nomination for both Harris and Bryant, who broke into the CFL the same year (2010) and have a combined 16 seasons under their belts. “It was a dream for me just to get on the field and play. I remember growing up and thinking how big of a deal (Brown) was.He not only led the league in rushing (1,035 yards), but also caught more passes than anyone (105), breaking a league record for grabs by a running back and flirting with the first 1,000/1,000 season in history.If Harris does take home the hardware, he’d become just the second Winnipeg born player to win the award in its 63 year history, joining safety Scott Flagel (1987), also a former Bomber. “I’m just embracing the moment.”Harris’s football journey wasn’t a straight line, nearly veering completely off course more than once.While living in Steinbach and playing mostly hockey, a coach noticed him tossing the ball around at a school barbecue and suggested he try football, for real. “I think I was 12 years old even that season I remember the team leaning on me a little bit to make plays and score touchdowns. when he was just 17. “It’s either going to make you or break you. You’re either going to fall off the deep end or figure it out. I needed to figure it out.”Playing junior football in Nanaimo, Harris continued to dominate.Having a child derailed a chance to play university ball at St. Lions, as their territorial protection.By the end of camp, though, injuries to other backs left him as the starter in a scrimmage. “Buck Pierce was one of the quarterbacks, and Jarious Jackson. You think of all these guys that have been out of this game for so long it kind of seems like decades ago.”That day, Harris had an inkling he belonged.By 2011, his second year as a Lion, he knew it, after he broke a run for some 70 yards against his hometown team even though it was called back. It wasn’t just a pipe dream.”After six years with the Lions, two as a CFL all star and one as a Grey Cup champion, another dream came true: playing for the Bombers.