Bauer applauds Calvillo’s courage

Montreal Alouettes' Anthony Calvillo celebrates his Grey Cup win. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

Montreal Alouettes' Anthony Calvillo celebrates his Grey Cup win. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

As president/CEO of the Blue Bombers, Lyle Bauer had his heart broken by Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo on a few occasions.

But Bauer got to know Calvillo on a different level through his cancer fighting foundation, as Calvillo was the guest speaker at the Never Alone luncheon in 2008, following his wife’s cancer diagnosis.

Now that Calvillo is facing his own health challenge, which he revealed immediately following Sunday’s Grey Cup, Bauer’s heart goes out to the 38-year-old.

“His courage in keeping this situation under wraps in the interests of the team objective is very unselfish,” Bauer said in an e-mail to the Winnipeg Sun, Monday. “It clearly displays his character and commitment.”

Bauer fought a bout with throat cancer, recently passing the five-year milestone, disease-free.

Calvillo will undergo surgery on his thyroid, after doctors found a lesion on it earlier this season. A biopsy of the thyroid was inconclusive, so he’ll have a major part of it removed within a couple of weeks.

“It is very difficult to wait,” Bauer said. “However, his medical advisors must have determined that he wasn’t at risk. My situation was different as it was critical to begin treatments immediately.”

The abnormality on Calvillo’s thyroid was discovered after he suffered a sternum injury in a game against the Bombers, Aug. 19.

He missed the next two games and seriously considered retirement, he told a news conference after Montreal’s 21-18 victory over Saskatchewan, Sunday, his third Grey Cup title.

“In the back of my mind, I was going to step away from football,” Calvillo said.

However, three specialists told him the surgery could wait until after the season.


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