Class of 2017
Anthony Calvillo played in the Canadian Football League as quarterback for 20 seasons with three clubs for a total of 329 regular season games and a further 18 playoff contests. Calvillo began his career in 1994 with the expansion Las Vegas Posse before moving on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for three seasons, 1995-1997. In 1998 he joined the Montreal Alouettes where he played 16 seasons until his retirement in 2013. During his amazing career Calvillo played in eight Grey Cup games (2000, 2002-2003, 2005-2006, and 2008-2010) winning three times (2002, 2009 and 2010). Through 2017, his 329 games in regular season play still ranks #5 all-time and #2 among quarterbacks.
Calvillo retired as one of the Canadian Football League’s most decorated players capturing many awards and all-star selections. AC was named as an Eastern All-Star 10 times (2000, 2002-2004, 2006, 2008-2012) and to the CFL All-Star Team five times (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012). He earned CFLPA All-Star recognition six times (2002, 2003, 2008-2011). He received 10 team nominations for Most Outstanding Player by Montreal winning the East Division Award seven times and overall as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player three times (2003, 2008, and 2009). In the 2002 Grey Cup, he was awarded the game’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Across Calvillo’s 20-year CFL career, he recorded many statistical highlights including pro football’s leading passer title with 79,816 yards. His career totals of 9,437 pass attempts and 5,892 completions are CFL records along with an all-time high 455 TD passes and 125 300-yard games. Always efficient, Calvillo threw only 224 interceptions and ended up with a career 95.5 passer rating. He made 277 career starts and led his clubs to an impressive 167-110 record (.603) and 16 playoff appearances. Among his many other records are a 23-game streak of at least one touchdown pass (#3 all-time to 2017) and 29 games of at least 400 passing yards.
In his eight Grey Cup appearances Calvillo established all-time records of 2,470 passing yards and 9 TD passes on 298 attempts with 179 completions. He surpassed the 300-yard mark in a record five different Grey Cup games. In 2014 his #13 sweater was retired by the Montreal Alouettes. Calvillo continues to be a current member of the Montreal Alouettes coaching staff.