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Standing Alone

Calvillo becomes all-time leader in TD's and passing yards


It all started quietly in the Las Vegas desert but Anthony Calvillo is now the all-time touchdown pass leader in the history of the CFL.

Calvillo surpassed former great Damon Allen with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Deslauriers against the Toronto Argonauts in Week 3.

After a stellar collegiate career at Utah State, Calvillo made his CFL debut with the now-defunct Las Vegas Posse in front of small crowds.

The following season, the Posse were no more and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected the Los Angeles native first overall in the dispersal draft. But Calvillo fell short of the high expectations, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in his three-year tenure at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

In 1998, Calvillo asked for and was given his release by Tiger-Cats and it was off to Montreal to back up Tracy Ham, who was nearing the end of a great career. After biding his time, Calvillo took over as the starter with the Alouettes in 2000 and was named to the East Division All-Star team. The rest is history.

Two seasons later, he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Grey Cup, leading the Alouettes to a 25-16 win over the Eskimos in Edmonton. He was also nominated as the East Division's Most Outstanding Player.

In 2003, he completed 408 of 675 pass attempts for 5,891 yards and 37 touchdowns, which were all Montreal franchise records at the time. As a result, he won his first of three Most Outstanding Player awards.

The following year, he rewrote the Alouettes' record book again, becoming just the fourth quarterback in CFL history to pass for over 6,000 yards. Once again, he was a finalist for the league's top honour, losing out to Lions' quarterback Casey Printers.

As he continued to rack up the individual statistics, the Grey Cup was proving to become an elusive target, despite regular appearances in the big game. In 2008, Calvillo posted more eye-popping numbers with 43 touchdown passes but the Alouettes came up short in the ultimate contest.

But the drought ended in dramatic fashion the following season. Calvillo didn't reach the 5,000-mark in passing but Montreal edged the Saskatchewan Roughriders on the game's last play to give him his second ring. And it was more of the same last season as Calvillo and the Alouettes ended any talk of an inability to win when it counted.

On Oct. 10 in front a home crowd on Thanksgiving, Calvillo broke the all-time passing record with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jamel Richardson. Calvillo surpassed Damon Allen's record of 72,381 yards, the most by any quarterback in professional football history.

Career Statistics

YEAR TEAM ATT COMP % YDS TDS INT
1994 LAS 348 154 44.3 2,582 13 15
1995 HAM 385 211 54.8 2,831 19 21
1996 HAM 265 157 59.2 2,571 13 13
1997 HAM 278 160 57.6 2,177 12 11
1998 MTL 172 98 57.0 1,526 6 10
1999 MTL 249 166 66.7 2,592 13 6
2000 MTL 435 272 62.5 4,277 27 5
2001 MTL 412 250 60.7 3,671 16 9
2002 MTL 569 338 59.4 5,013 27 10
2003 MTL 675 408 60.4 5,891 37 14
2004 MTL 690 431 62.5 6,041 31 15
2005 MTL 661 437 66.1 5,556 34 19
2006 MTL 640 402 62.8 4,714 20 15
2007 MTL 459 308 67.1 3,608 17 8
2008 MTL 682 472 69.2 5,633 43 13
2009 MTL 550 396 72.0 4,639 26 6
2010 MTL 562 380 67.6 4,839 32 7
2011 MTL 654 404 62.0 5,251 32 8
TOTALS 8,729 5,468 62.7 73,795 419 205


Career Leaders - Passing Yards

Rank Player Passing Yards
1 Anthony Calvillo 73,795
2 Damon Allen 72,381
3 Danny McManus 53,255
4 Ron Lancaster 50,535
5 Matt Dunigan 43,857

Career Leaders - Touchdowns

Rank Player Touchdowns
1 Anthony Calvillo 419
2 Damon Allen 394
3 Ron Lancaster 333
4 Matt Dunigan 306
5 Tracy Ham 284

Career Leaders - Completions

Rank Player Completions
1 Anthony Calvillo 5,468
2 Damon Allen 5,158
3 Danny McManus 3,640


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