Among The Greatest

Career Highlights

Grey Cups: Three-time Grey Cup champion (2002, 2009, 2010) and named Grey Cup MVP in 2002

Awards: Three-time Most Outstanding Player (2003, 2008, 2009); Fans Choice Award (2004)

All-Stars: Five-time CFL All-Star (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012); 10-time East Division All-Star (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Records: Pro Football's all-time passing leader (79,816); CFL's all-time TD leader (455); CFL's all-time completions leader (5,892)

Career Stats
Comp Att % Yards TD INT
5,892 9,437 62.4 79,816 455 224

Engraved on a Nation: Kid from La Puente

Take a look back at Shelley Saywell's documentary 'The Kid from La Puente' that shows the horrifying and uplifting aspects of Anthony Calvillo's upbringing.


Calvillo Retrospect: Scary Situation

After winning back-to-back Grey Cups with the Alouettes in 2010, Anthony Calvillo announced that he had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.


Calvillo Retrospect: A Touch of Grey

A new training routine in 2010, helped Anthony Calvillo get in the best game shape he has ever been in and it also helped them win the Grey Cup.


Calvillo Retrospect: Better With Age

In 2009 Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was 37-years old, but that didn't stop him from having one of the best seasons of his career.


Calvillo Retrospect: Brothers in Arms

Brain Williams sat down with Anthony Calvillo and Barron Miles who's friendship has played a crucial role in both their professional and personal lives.


Calvillo Retrospect: Las Vegas Posse

Take a look back at TSN's first encounter with Anthony Calvillo at the Las Vegas Posse training camp where he was in a quarterback battle with Fred Gatlin.


Dave Naylor on Calvillo's Career

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A Legend Retires

(The Canadian Press) - The Anthony Calvillo era is over.

Pro football's all-time passing leader announced Tuesday he is retiring after a 20-year CFL career that saw him set several records and win three Grey Cups with the Montreal Alouettes.

"Today I would like to announce my retirement from this great game of football," Calvillo said, fighting back tears. "It has been an amazing journey of 20 years, starting in Las Vegas, to my humbling times in Hamilton to the past 16 years here in Montreal."

The 41-year-old's retirement was not a surprise. He did not play after suffering the second major concussion of his career on what looked like a routine hit by Saskatchewan's Ricky Foley in a 24-21 loss on Aug. 17 in Regina.

The Los Angeles native set records for passing yards with 79,816, completions with 5,892, pass attempts with 9,437 and touchdown passes with 455.

Calvillo, who also spoke French during his news conference, also holds records for completions in one game with 44 and in Grey Cup game passing yards with 2,470.

Calvillo made eight career Grey Cup appearances and led Montreal to victories in 2002, 2009 and 2010. After his last championship win, Calvillo made the stunning announcement he'd require off-season surgery to remove a lesion on his thyroid.

The operation was a success and Calvillo returned to play the following season.

He passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season seven times in his career and twice had a record four receivers each gain over 1,000 yards.

A five-time CFL all-star, Calvillo was named the league's outstanding player three times (2003, '08, '09). He began his career in '94 with the now defunct Las Vegas Posse before spending three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Hamilton released Calvillo after the '97 campaign, allowing him to sign with Montreal as a free agent.

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