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Anthony Calvillo: The Montreal years

A timeline of the QB's key moments with the Alouettes

Posted: January 21, 2014

1999

After beginning his CFL career with four unremarkable years in Las Vegas and Hamilton, Calvillo signed with Montreal as a free agent for the 1998 season. In 1999, pictured here, he starts nine times and posts a then career-best 108.4 passer rating.

(Shaun Best/Reuters)

This is part of a brief look back at Calvillo's career. Click on the years below to navigate through the timeline.

1999

After beginning his CFL career with four unremarkable years in Las Vegas and Hamilton, Calvillo signed with Montreal as a free agent for the 1998 season. In 1999, pictured here, he starts nine times and posts a then career-best 108.4 passer rating.

(Shaun Best/Reuters)

This is part of a brief look back at Calvillo's career. Click on the years below to navigate through the timeline.

1999

Calvillo starts only 14 of the Als' 36 regular-season games over his first two years in Montreal, but the team sees enough to sign him to a new contract in December of 1999.

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

2000

In his first year as the Alouettes' full-time QB, Calvillo throws for 27 TDs, only 5 interceptions, and a 111.1 passer rating that he'll never equal. He also leads Montreal to its first Grey Cup appearance since 1979, but the Als lose 28-26 to B.C.

(Shaun Best/Reuters)

2002

After another stellar regular season (27 TDs, 5,000-plus yards passing for the first time), Calvillo ends Montreal's quarter-century-long CFL title drought with a 25-16 win over Edmonton on the Eskimos' home turf.

(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

2003

Calvillo leads the league in passing yards (5,891) and TD throws (37) for the first time, wins his first of three CFL Most Outstanding Player Awards, and takes Montreal to the Grey Cup game for the third time in four years, but the Als lose the rematch to Edmonton.

(Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

2008

Calvillo throws for a career-best 43 touchdowns, wins his second CFL Most Outstanding Player award, and leads Montreal to its sixth Grey Cup game appearance in the first eight years of the decade. The Als, though, lose the title match for the fourth time in six seasons.

(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

2010

Silencing any critics who'd said he couldn't win the big one, Calvillo leads Montreal to a second straight Grey Cup title victory over Saskatchewan. Calvillo's third championship will be the last of his career.

(Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

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2011

Calvillo sets the all-time CFL records for touchdown passes and completions, and also becomes the most prolific passer in terms of yardage in the history of professional football.

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press; Video courtesy RDS)

2013

In a final season marred by his battles with head injuries, Calvillo is officially shut down for the season in October. He ends his CFL career with 79,816 yards passing 455 TD throws and a 95.5 passer rating.

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

2014

Calvillo announces his retirement from pro football on Jan. 21, 2014, with his wife, Alexia, at his side, along with their children, Athena, left, and Olivia.

(Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

(Jason Boychuk/CBC)


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