Calvillo breaks CFL's all-time completions record
Five questions into his post-game interview, Anthony Calvillo had still not been asked about the milestone he reached Thursday night in Toronto.
But the Montreal quarterback didn’t seem to mind, even after he had completed nine of his first 10 passes against the Argonauts to set the all-time CFL mark for completions at 5,159.
"I told myself coming into this season that those records, I’m not going to be too concerned with," Calvillo said after the Alouettes’ 36-23 win over the Argos. "I’m just going to let it naturally happen, and tonight was a way of me doing that because going into this game I didn’t think about it much."
Calvillo tossed an 18-yard pass down the middle to Brandon London 12:05 into the first quarter to surpass Damon Allen’s mark. Calvillo finished the game with 18 completions on 23 attempts, helping the Alouettes (4-2) snap a two-game skid.
The 18-year veteran eclipsed Allen last month for the all-time touchdown passes record in a 40-17 home win against the Argos (1-5).
After that, the Alouettes lost to Saskatchewan and Hamilton, two games in which Calvillo completed just 50 per cent of his throws. But with Calvillo completing 62.9 per cent of his attempts so far this year — he's at 62.8 per cent over the past eight seasons — there was little question that he would surpass Allen’s mark on Thursday in front of the 19,204 in attendance at the Rogers Centre.
Still, the 38-year-old had been tough on his performance in the Alouettes’ recent losses.
"That’s what you do as a quarterback," Calvillo said. "The last two weeks against Saskatchewan and Hamilton, it was straight man-to-man coverage. A few plays, a few throws could have made a difference in that ball game, so that was where I was more critical of myself."
Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman knew how harshly Calvillo critiqued himself leading up to the game.
"Anthony was critical of himself and he came out, said so — that’s what he did," Trestman said. "My feeling is we all got to rally around him as much as we can and step up and we did tonight."
Trestman also expected Calvillo would put the completion record on the backburner and that his objective was to help the team get back on track.
"We’re excited for everything that he does and this is another monumental event. We’re not taking it lightly, don’t get me wrong, but I’m sure he would tell you and we’ll all tell you that getting the win was the most important thing."
Calvillo is expected to break one more record this season. With 69,646 passing yards, he should pass Allen’s all-time professional football mark of 72,381.