Win or bust

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

Anthony Calvillo has spent 12 years in the CFL, passing for more than 40,000 yards but the Montreal Alouettes quarterback is more concerned with two other numbers.

He's been to three Grey Cups. Only won one.

So as the seasons go by and the career numbers increase, Calvillo won't be satisfied until he hoists the trophy at least one more time.

Calvillo led the Als to the big game in 2000, 2002 and '03 but was only victorious against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium three years ago.

"What an experience that was," said the 33-year-old. "As a quarterback, no matter what league you're in, you are always judged on championships.

"There are a lot of other quarterbacks who have won one championship with a team and not a lot who have won two. That's what I'm trying to achieve.

"I still feel I'm capable of getting a team to the Grey Cup. As long as I still have that challenge, I'll go out there and continue to fight."

The Alouettes pivot doesn't have to look far for the inspiration needed to stick with his CFL career for as long as it takes.

Montreal was poised to compete in its fourth Grey Cup in five seasons last November when Calvillo suffered a shoulder injury in the East Final against the Toronto Argonauts. The ageless Damon Allen then guided the Argos through that game and Cup victory over the B.C. Lions.

"It was one of those unfortunate things," Calvillo said. "I was healthy all year long, then I took one hit and that was all she wrote. It was tough to deal with but those are things teams try to take advantage of.

"Whenever you have a veteran quarterback going into the playoffs, anything can happen.

"That's exactly what Damon did."

At 42, Allen is almost a full decade older than Calvillo. And Allen is one of five players who sit ahead of Calvillo on the all-time career passing list.

Calvillo joined exclusive company this season in passing for 40,000 career yards. He trails only Matt Dunigan, Ron Lancaster, Danny McManus and Allen. In 2005, he leapfrogged one of his mentors, Tracy Ham.

If all goes well, Calvillo can challenge for the top, although that would depend upon Allen retiring. The Als quarterback feels as good as Allen looks.

"I really enjoy the game. I'm having tons of fun playing and, physically, I've been able to stay pretty healthy over the years," he said. "As long as I can do that, I will keep playing."

Joining the 40,000 club wasn't the only great moment for Calvillo this season. On July 19, Calvillo's wife, Alexia, gave birth to a baby girl, named Athena.

The big moment came just three days before the Alouettes played a game. But becoming a father has certainly changed his outlook on life and work.

"Those things you really can't plan," Calvillo said. "You try to plan those things but you can't.

"All I know is when I come home, my whole mind is totally off football. In the past, I would spend time with my wife and family and would have football on my mind.

"Now with a new baby girl, it totally keeps my mind off football. I look at her and forget about everything else."


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