No. 13 Anthony Calvillo

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Win-loss records stick to two people in football -- the head coach and starting quarterback -- and there have been mixed results for Anthony Calvillo and the Montreal Alouettes.

While Calvillo's regular-season record is superb and the Als are perennial contenders, the pivot's Grey Cup mark of 1-4 is less than spectacular.

"This is a team game, and Anthony can't do it by himself," said centre Bryan Chiu, who was there snapping Calvillo the ball in all five title games.

"It's unfair to say, 'because of him, we've lost four Grey Cups.' The Alouettes lost them. As a quarterback, he gets too much credit and too much blame when things go bad. We have to step up and play as a team."

Despite the numbers, Calvillo is relishing today's opportunity to go after ring No. 2 when the Alouettes host the Calgary Stampeders at Olympic Stadium.

A year ago, this didn't seem possible, as Calvillo left the team to be with his wife as she battled cancer.

She went into remission during the off-season, and the 35-year-old went back to work better than ever.

He threw for 43 TDs this season and won the CFL's most outstanding player award Thursday, but he wants to cap the dream season with a championship in front of his fans in Montreal.

With all that has happened to his family, his Grey Cup record isn't something that has weighed on his mind. He has been soaking up the atmosphere this week.

"I'm never going to get this chance again in my career," Calvillo said about having the Cup in Montreal.

"I'm sure there are a lot of other guys who won't get this chance. Based on history, it doesn't happen too often, so this is special.

"This chance has crossed my mind all year long. Every game was something I cherished. This is one more opportunity to bring the Cup home. To do it in front of your fans will be something I will never get again."

If Calvillo plays next year, he will surely become the second CFLer behind Damon Allen to pass for more than 60,000 yards, while only Allen and Ron Lancaster are head of him on the all-time touchdowns list.

He won the 2002 Grey Cup MVP award and followed that up with his first Most Outstanding Player award in 2003.

Since Calvillo took over for Tracy Ham in 1998, the Alouettes have only finished under .500 once, and that was last season, when he left the team.

But another loss may mean he's the best quarterback who came up short in championship games.

"To sit here and say my career is so-so because my Grey Cup record is 1-4, I would disagree with that," Calvillo said. "Look at all the things I have accomplished if my career just ended today.

"I have my opinion, and that's what is great about football. Fans and sportswriters have their opinions on it. This is an opportunity for me to change that opinion."

Any time Calvillo has been on the field this season, the Als offence has chewed up yardage and put points on the board.

"The offence Montreal runs fits Anthony like a glove," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel. "He does a tremendous job executing the offence. What is amazing to me is how many plays he makes with his legs. Everybody thinks he isn't mobile whatsoever.

"The key to great quarterbacking is what can that person do when things break down. Anthony is able to do it many times during a game."

This is head coach Marc Trestman's first season with the Alouettes, so he doesn't know much about the past failures.

"Will Anthony's history in the Grey Cup be a deterrent this time? No," Trestman said.

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A.C. -- AIR CALVILLO

Position: Quarterback

College: Utah State

Hometown: Los Angeles

Birthdate: Aug. 23, 1972

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 213 lb.

Years in CFL: 15 (Las Vegas 1994, Hamilton 1995-97, Montreal 1998-now)

Career Stats: 6843 attempts, 4,164 completions, 58,683 yards, 184 ints, 328 TDs


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