Calvillo's back in the Als lineup

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

MONTREAL - You know you've been around the league a while when you have a chance to win another Grey Cup in the same city where you won your first.

Anthony Calvillo is back in the Montreal Alouettes lineup for a Sunday afternoon date with the Eskimos to resume the quest of getting to the Edmonton 2010 Grey Cup in the stadium where he was Grey Cup MVP in 2002.

"The years are adding up. My wife and I were reflecting on it while I was out of the lineup the last couple of weeks," said the 17-year veteran.

Calvillo said thinking about the Edmonton Grey Cup win in 2002 and then losing the Grey Cup five times before finally winning it again last year in Calgary may have actually extended his career.

"If we'd won more, would I have had the desire and motivation to keep playing?"

With 65,794 all-time passing yards, Calvillo is second only to Damon Allen's 72,381 in CFL history.

And he admits to thinking about that recently, too.

"It crossed my mind this past off-season. It would be nice to go out with the all-time passing lead. That's two seasons away if I stay healthy."

Head coach Marc Trestman is just happy to have him healthy now.

"It's great to have him back. It's going on five weeks this weekend," said Trestman.

Considering Calvillo is now a CFL senior citizen, having a mid-season holiday might turn out to be a good thing for the 38-year-old veteran.

"Anthony wants to play every game and every play. We didn't want it to happen. He didn't want it to happen. But it does remind everyone what we have in AC."

That includes the coach who isn't in any hurry to see his QB retire.

"I want him to be here as long as he wants to be here. I don't see any de-escalation in his play. He might have been having a better year going when he got hurt than he had the previous two years."

Calvillo says he's not coming back from a bruised sternum playing with any pain.

"I'm 100%. I wouldn't come back at less that 100%. It's a long year. There are a lot of games left."

And he says it's not the first time he's missed some time.

"A lot of times they've sat me out Week 18 and the bye week before the Eastern Final."

And he's not coming back with a new set of shoulder pads.

"I've been wearing the same set for 13 years," he said. "I think they stopped making them four or five years ago. The new ones are more padded."

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca


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