Anthony Calvillo

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Anthony Calvillo
Montreal Grey Cup.jpg
Date of birth: (1972-08-23) August 23, 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
College: Utah State
High school: La Puente
Hand: Right
Organizations
As player:
1994
19951997
19982013
Las Vegas Posse
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012
CFL East All-Star: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Awards:
Honours:
  • CFLPA Pro Player All Star Team (2002, 2003, 2008, 2010)[1]
Records: Most career passing yards (79,816)
Most career touchdown passes (455)
Most career pass completions (5892)
Most career pass attempts (9437)
Most career passing yards in Grey Cup games (2470 yards)
Most completions in regular season game (44)
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Anthony Calvillo (born August 23, 1972) is an American former Canadian Football League quarterback. He is professional football's all-time passing yards leader, and first in all-time CFL passing yards. In his career, he passed for 79,816 yards and is one of five professional quarterbacks to have completed over 400 touchdown passes (the others being Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino).[2] Calvillo won three Grey Cup championships in 2002, 2009, and 2010, and named Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 2002. He also won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award three times, in 2003, 2008, and 2009, which ties him for second all-time behind Doug Flutie. Calvillo announced his retirement on January 21, 2014.[3]

Early life, high school career and family[edit]

Calvillo was born in Los Angeles, California. While attending La Puente High School, he was a two-sport standout in football and basketball.

College career[edit]

Calvillo spent two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to Utah State University in 1992. After a solid junior year as starting quarterback, he had a terrific senior season in 1993. He set a school record with 3,260 yards of total offense in the regular season, and he also set a school record with 5 touchdown passes in a single game (he did it twice). With Calvillo leading the offense, USU won the Big West Conference championship for the first time since 1979. The Aggies finished the year with a 42-33 win over Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl; Calvillo passed for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns to win MVP honors.[4] It was Utah State's first-ever bowl victory.

Professional career[edit]

Anthony Calvillo game action, 93rd Grey Cup

Las Vegas Posse[edit]

After not being drafted by an NFL team, Calvillo started his Canadian Football League career in 1994 with the US expansion Las Vegas Posse.[4]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

After the Posse folded a year later in the CFL U.S. expansion experiment, Calvillo was selected first overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the dispersal draft. While in Hamilton, Calvillo served as a backup quarterback to players such as Steve Taylor and Matt Dunigan.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

In 1998, Calvillo signed as a free agent with the Montreal Alouettes, where he became one of the most outstanding CFL quarterbacks in history. He led the Alouettes to the 2002 Grey Cup, their first in 25 years, where he was named the most valuable player in the game.

During the 2003 CFL season, Calvillo broke numerous Montreal Alouette passing records, completing 408 of 675 passing attempts for 5,891 yards and 37 touchdowns. In 2004, with 6,041 passing yards, Calvillo became the fourth quarterback in CFL history to pass for more than 6,000 yards in a single season (Doug Flutie, David Archer, and Kent Austin being the other three), earning him the East Division nomination for Most Outstanding Player for the third consecutive year.[5] With Calvillo quarterbacking the Alouettes' offence, the 2004 Alouettes became the first team in CFL history with four receivers on one team all going over 1000 yards receiving in the same season: Ben Cahoon (1183 yards), Jeremaine Copeland (1154 yards), Thyron Anderson (1147 yards), and Kwame Cavil (1090 yards). During the 2005 CFL season, Calvillo and the 2005 Montreal Alouettes would again accomplish the feat of four receivers on one team all going over 1000 yards receiving in the same season (which had never been accomplished before the 2004 Alouettes precedent-setting team). The 2005 Alouettes set of receivers going over 1000 yards receiving were Kerry Watkins (1364 yards), Terry Vaughn (1113 yards), Ben Cahoon (1067 yards), and Dave Stala (1037 yards).

The 2008 CFL season saw Calvillo hit a number of career milestones. On June 26, in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Calvillo surpassed Danny McManus to become the second-all-time leading passer in the CFL. On July 31, in another game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Calvillo became the fourth quarterback in league history to reach 300 career touchdown passes. On August 15, 2008, in a game against the Toronto Argonauts, Calvillo became the second quarterback in CFL history after Damon Allen to reach 4,000 career pass completions. With 5,633 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes, Calvillo won the 2008 Most Outstanding Player award.[6] Calvillo led the Montreal Alouettes to the 2008 Grey Cup final, which the Alouettes lost 22-14 to the Calgary Stampeders.

In 2009, Calvillo added to his club records while reaching more CFL milestones. On July 23, 2009, he surpassed Canadian Football Hall of Famer Ron Lancaster's 334 career touchdown passes to move into second place all time. He sat out two games during the regular season, but still accumulated 4639 yards while posting a remarkable 72.0% completion rate, the second best single-season completion rate in CFL history behind Dave Dickenson's 73.98% mark set in 2005. Calvillo led Montreal to a comeback victory in the 97th Grey Cup on Nov. 29, when the Alouettes defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders on a last-second field goal.

Calvillo won his third Grey Cup on November 28, 2010 at 98th Grey Cup in Edmonton, Alberta. He added to his record total of passing yards in Grey Cup games with 2470 yards, as well as setting the record for Grey Cup starts with eight. As of the 2010 CFL season, Calvillo is 3-5 in Grey Cup Championship Games.

In a post-game interview, he revealed that he would be undergoing off-season surgery to remove a lesion on his thyroid that was discovered after he injured his sternum during the season.[7] On December 21, 2010, it was reported that Calvillo had successful thyroidectomy surgery to remove a cancerous lesion.[8]

On July 15, 2011, in a game against the Toronto Argonauts, Calvillo completed his CFL record 395th career touchdown pass to Éric Deslauriers.[9] On August 4 of that same season, and again against the Argonauts, Calvillo completed his 5159th pass completion to Brandon London to move past Damon Allen to become the leader in that category as well.[10] Then, on October 10, 2011, Calvillo completed a touchdown pass to Jamel Richardson to become professional football's all-time leading passer, in the Alouettes' third and final game against the Toronto Argonauts that year.[11] In 2012, Calvillo became the only player in football history to pass 5,000 yards seven times in his career.[12] He reached 4,000 yards passing eleven times in his career (a CFL record), only Peyton Manning has reached the 4,000 mark more times in his career with twelve 4,000 yard seasons. He also set another CFL record having 8 consecutive 300+ passing yards games in a single season, breaking the record he shared with Doug Flutie.

Calvillo signed a 2-year contract on December 13, 2012, the deal keeps him with the Al's through the 2014 season. In Week 8 of the 2013 CFL season Calvillo left the game after taking a hit from Saskatchewan's Ricky Foley. Three days after the game it was announced that he had suffered a concussion, and missed the Week 9 game against the BC Lions and the Week 10 game against the Toronto Argonauts.[13] On September 4 2013 the Al's placed Calvillo on the 9-game injury list.[14] On October 18, 2013 the Montreal Alouettes general manager and head coach Jim Popp announced that Calvillo would not be returning to play for the remainder of the 2013 season.[15]

On January 21, 2014 Calvillo announced his retirement from professional football. Before his retirement, he was offered the offensive coordinator position with the Alouettes but declined.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
1994 LV 17 14 348 154 44.3 2,582 13 15 64.4 42 195 4.6 21 2 9
1995 HAM 14 9 385 211 54.8 2,831 19 21 72.1 24 51 2.1 13 2 5
1996 HAM 10 7 265 157 59.2 2,571 13 13 87.8 40 311 7.8 53 1 2
1997 HAM 10 10 278 160 57.6 2,177 12 11 80.6 53 242 4.6 29 2 12
1998 MTL 11 5 172 98 57.0 1,526 6 10 74.0 31 121 3.9 11 1 1
1999 MTL 12 9 249 166 66.7 2,592 13 6 108.4 56 211 3.8 27 3 3
2000 MTL 17 17 435 272 62.5 4,277 27 5 111.1 58 230 4.0 26 2 6
2001 MTL 15 15 412 250 60.7 3,671 16 9 93.6 40 253 6.3 29 1 2
2002 MTL 17 17 569 338 59.4 5,013 27 10 96.8 45 327 7.3 24 3 5
2003 MTL 18 18 675 408 60.4 5,891 37 14 98.4 45 169 3.8 46 1 12
2004 MTL 18 18 690 431 62.5 6,041 31 15 96.6 44 237 5.4 18 1 2
2005 MTL 17 17 661 437 66.1 5,556 34 19 97.4 35 189 5.4 15 6 4
2006 MTL 18 18 640 402 62.8 4,714 20 15 85.8 28 185 6.6 21 2 3
2007 MTL 13 13 459 308 67.1 3,608 17 8 95.8 21 137 6.5 17 0 3
2008 MTL 17 17 682 472 69.2 5,633 43 13 107.2 26 189 7.3 29 2 1
2009 MTL 16 16 550 396 72.0 4,639 26 6 108.4 32 198 6.2 30 2 3
2010 MTL 15 15 562 380 67.6 4,839 32 7 108.1 16 107 6.7 16 0 6
2011 MTL 18 18 654 404 61.8 5,251 32 8 98.2 21 155 7.4 20 1 9
2012 MTL 17 17 555 333 60.0 5,082 31 14 98.3 19 155 8.2 22 2 3
2013 MTL 7 7 196 115 58.7 1,322 6 5 78.7 6 26 4.3 9 0 2
CFL totals 297 277 9,437 5,892 62.4 79,816 455 224 95.5 682 3,688 5.4 53 34 93

Honours[edit]

In 2012 in honour of the 100th Grey Cup, Canada Post used his image on a series of commemorative postage stamps. The image was also used on presentation posters and other materials to promote the Grey Cup game and other celebrations associated with the centennial.

Personal life[edit]

Calvillo and his wife Alexia[17] have two daughters and reside year-round in Montreal.

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marcus Crandell
Grey Cup MVP
2002
Succeeded by
Jason Tucker
Preceded by
Milt Stegall
CFL MOP
2003
Succeeded by
Casey Printers
Preceded by
Kerry Joseph
CFL MOP
2008
2009
Succeeded by
Henry Burris
Preceded by
Damon Allen
Most Career Touchdown Passes (CFL)
2011
Succeeded by
Current Record Holder