Anthony Calvillo – Quarterbacks coach
2017 – Following a brilliant 20-year career as a quarterback in the CFL, including 16 with the Montreal Alouettes, Anthony Calvillo will start his third year with the coaching staff, this time as the Quarterbacks Coach.
Last season, as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach he helped the team finish the season with a 4-2 record in its final six games with young quarterbacks at the helm. He also saw rookie pivot Vernon Adams Jr. come out on the winning side of his first three professional starts.
He began the 2015 season as the receivers coach, before accepting to take on the role of co-offensive coordinator during the season. He saw his protégé S.J. Green reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the fourth time of his career, although the team utilized seven different quarterbacks under centre.
The long-time face of the franchise and five-time CFL All-Star was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player on three separate occasions over the course of his career and holds league records of 79,816 passing yards, 455 touchdown passes and 9 437 pass attempts.
Calvillo broke into the CFL with the Las Vegas Posse in 1994 and spent the following three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before rising to stardom with the Montreal Alouettes in 1998. Serving as understudy to quarterback Tracy Ham in his first two seasons, Calvillo took over as the starting pivot in 2000, on his way to winning three Grey Cups with Montreal in 2002, 2009 and 2010. He was also voted the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 Grey Cup.
Calvillo, who was presented with the Key to the City of Montreal at the end of the 2011 season, led the Alouettes to eight Grey Cup finals and owns several championship records for most pass completions (179), passing yards (2,470) and touchdown passes thrown (9).
The veteran pivot became pro football’s all-time passing leader in spectacular fashion at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium against the Toronto Argonauts on October 10, 2011, following a 50-yard touchdown strike to Jamel Richardson.
In 2012, Calvillo became the first quarterback in the league history to reach the 5,000- plus passing yards mark seven times over his brilliant career. He also threw for over 300 yards in eight straight games, breaking Doug Flutie’s single-season CFL record of seven, set in 1991 with the B.C. Lions. That season, Calvillo deservingly earned his tenth nomination as the Montreal Alouettes’ Most Outstanding Player.
Calvillo lives in Montreal with his wife Alexia and their daughters Olivia and Athena.
The Alouettes retired Calvillo’s number 13 on October 13, 2014. It was the tenth jersey retired by the Alouettes.