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Anthony Calvillo
№: 13     Montreal Alouettes

Anthony Calvillo (13) signals during the 96th Grey Cup game.
Date of birth: August 23, 1972 (1972-08-23) (age 37)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Jersey №: 13
College: Utah State
High school: La Puente High School
Organizations
 As player:
1994
19951997
1998–present
Las Vegas Posse
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009
Awards:
Honors:
  • CFLPA Pro Player All Star Team (2002, 2003, 2008)[1]
Records: Most career passing yards in Grey Cup games (2134 yards), Most completions in regular season game (44)
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Anthony Calvillo (born August 23, 1972) is a Canadian Football League quarterback, currently playing for the Montreal Alouettes. He is currently fourth in all-time professional football passing yards.

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Early life and high school career

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

College career

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. 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 career

Anthony 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 US 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.

The 2003 CFL season was stellar for Calvillo where he 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 nominee for Most Outstanding Player for the third consecutive year.

The 2008 CFL season saw him hit a number of career milestones. On June 26, in a game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Calvillo surpassed Danny McManus to become the 2nd all-time leading passer in the CFL. On July 31, in another game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Calvillo became the fourth quarterback in CFL 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.[3]

In 2009, Calvillo added to his club records while also reaching CFL milestones. On July 23, 2009, he surpassed Canadian Football Hall of Famer Ron Lancaster's 334 career touchdown passes and is now second only to Damon Allen's 394 total with 354 himself.[4] He sat out two games during the regular season, accumulating 4639 yards with a remarkable 72.0% completion rate, which is the second best completion rate in CFL history, behind Dave Dickenson who had 73.98% in 2005. Overcoming a poor record in championship games, Calvillo led Montreal to a comeback victory in the 97th Grey Cup on Nov. 29, when the Alouettes defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders on last-second field goal. He added to his record totals of passing yards in Grey Cup games with 2134 yards in seven championship games played.

Career Statistics

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
1994 LV 17 348 154 44.3 2,582 13 15 64.4 42 195 4.6 21 2 9
1995 HAM 18 385 211 54.8 2,831 19 21 72.1 24 51 2.1 13 2 5
1996 HAM 13 265 157 59.2 2,571 13 13 87.8 40 311 7.8 53 1 2
1997 HAM 12 278 160 57.6 2,177 12 11 80.6 53 242 4.6 29 2 12
1998 MTL 18 172 98 57.0 1,526 6 10 74.0 31 121 3.9 11 1 1
1999 MTL 18 249 166 66.7 2,592 13 6 108.4 56 211 3.8 27 3 3
2000 MTL 18 435 272 62.5 4,277 27 5 111.1 58 230 4.0 26 2 6
2001 MTL 18 412 250 60.7 3,671 16 9 93.6 40 253 6.3 29 1 2
2002 MTL 18 569 338 59.4 5,013 27 10 96.8 45 327 7.3 24 3 5
2003 MTL 18 675 408 60.4 5,891 37 14 98.4 45 169 3.8 46 1 12
2004 MTL 18 690 431 62.5 6,041 31 15 96.6 44 237 5.4 18 1 2
2005 MTL 18 661 437 66.1 5,556 34 19 97.4 35 189 5.4 15 6 4
2006 MTL 18 640 402 62.8 4,714 20 15 85.8 28 185 6.6 21 2 3
2007 MTL 13 459 308 67.1 3,608 17 8 95.8 21 137 6.5 17 0 3
2008 MTL 17 682 472 69.2 5,633 43 13 107.2 26 189 7.3 29 2 1
2009 MTL 18 550 396 72.0 4,639 26 6 108.4 32 198 6.2 30 2 3
CFL totals 270 7,470 4,660 62.4 63,322 354 190 94.6 620 3,245 5.2 53 31 73

Honours

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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
incumbent
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