LISTEN: Als QB Anthony Calvillo announces retirement

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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  1. LMAO posted on 01/21/2014 03:10 PM
    At a time when we need our heroes more than ever we lose a great one. Thanks for the memories, good luck for the future whatever you decide to do and have a great retirement Anthony.
  2. LynneM_3103 posted on 01/21/2014 07:55 PM
    Montreal has truly been blessed with a wonderful football player in Anthony Calvillo. We have watched him do everything he could for the Alouettes - even when going through so much in his personal life.
    His history here in Montreal will be one that will be remembered forever. We have laughed with him, celebrated his victories - on and off the field and we have cried with him at the bad times.
    Now I wish him all the best - his decision to retire is one that I am sure was a hard one to come to.
    Have a happy life Anthony - you sure have earned it!!!!
    We will miss you!!!!!!
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