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Anthony Calvillo
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Anthony Calvillo (13) signals during the 96th Grey Cup game.
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-08-23) August 23, 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Anthony Calvillo (born August 23, 1972) is an American Canadian Football League quarterback, currently playing for the Montreal Alouettes. He is currently professional football's all-time passing yards leader,and first in all-time CFL passing yards. In his career, he has passed for over 70,000 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).[1] He surpassed Damon Allen to enter into the CFL record books as the record holder for most career TD passes and most career completions. He has won three Grey Cup championships in 2002, 2009, and 2010, being named Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 2002. He has 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.

Early life, high school career and familyEdit

Calvillo was born in Los Angeles, California. While attending La Puente High School, Anthony Calvillo was a two-sport standout in football and basketball. He and his wife Alexia have two daughters and reside year-round in Montreal.

College careerEdit

Calvillo spent two seasons at Mt. San Antonio Junior 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.[2] It was Utah State's first-ever bowl victory.

CFL careerEdit

Anthony Calvillo game action, 93rd Grey Cup

Anthony Calvillo game action, 93rd Grey Cup

After not being drafted by an NFL team, Calvillo started his Canadian Football League career in 1994 with the US expansion Las Vegas Posse.[2] After the Posse folded a year later in the ill-fated 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.

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 for the first time 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, he 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.[3] 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, in a game against the Toronto Argonauts, Calvillo became the second quarterback in CFL history to reach 4,000 career pass completions. Calvillo led the Montreal Alouettes to the 2008 Grey Cup final, which the Alouettes lost 22-14 to the Calgary Stampeders. Despite the Grey Cup loss, Calvillo still won the 2008 Most Outstanding Player award.[4]

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.[5] On December 21, 2010, it was reported that Calvillo had successful thyroidectomy surgery to remove a cancerous lesion.[6]

On July 15, 2011, in a game against the Toronto Argonauts, Calvillo completed his CFL record 395th career touchdown pass to Éric Deslauriers.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] In 2012, Calvillo became the only player in football history to pass 5,000 yards seven times in his career.[10] 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, broking the record he was sharing with Doug Flutie.

Calvillo signed a 2 year contract on December 13, 2012 meaning he will be with the team until the 2014 season.

Career statisticsEdit

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
1994 LV 17 NA 348 154 44.3 2,582 13 15 64.4 42 195 4.6 21 2 9
1995 HAM 18 9 385 211 54.8 2,831 19 21 72.1 24 51 2.1 13 2 5
1996 HAM 13 7 265 157 59.2 2,571 13 13 87.8 40 311 7.8 53 1 2
1997 HAM 12 10 278 160 57.6 2,177 12 11 80.6 53 242 4.6 29 2 12
1998 MTL 18 5 172 98 57.0 1,526 6 10 74.0 31 121 3.9 11 1 1
1999 MTL 18 9 249 166 66.7 2,592 13 6 108.4 56 211 3.8 27 3 3
2000 MTL 18 17 435 272 62.5 4,277 27 5 111.1 58 230 4.0 26 2 6
2001 MTL 18 15 412 250 60.7 3,671 16 9 93.6 40 253 6.3 29 1 2
2002 MTL 18 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 18 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 18 16 550 396 72.0 4,639 26 6 108.4 32 198 6.2 30 2 3
2010 MTL 16 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 18 17 555 333 60.0 5,082 31 14 98.3 19 155 8.2 22 2 3
CFL totals 322 238+ 9,241 5,777 62.5 78,494 449 219 95.9 676 3,662 5.4 53 34 91

HonoursEdit

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.

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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