Calvillo keen to resume career

Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo says he felt great after his thyroid gland was removed last month...

Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo says he felt great after his thyroid gland was removed last month to eliminate a lesion. (QMI Agency/Al Charest)

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, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo says he's recovering well from thyroid surgery, has signed a two-year deal with Montreal, and is looking forward to his 18th CFL season.

The 38-year old Californian told reporters Friday he felt great after his thyroid gland was removed last month to eliminate a lesion.

"I'm extremely excited to start preparing for another season of football with the Alouettes," he said. "I'll start my training regimens on Monday, which is the usual starting date for my off-season training."

In the wake of the Alouettes' 21-18 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Grey Cup game on Nov. 28, Calvillo announced he needed the surgery and said it was weighing on his mind.

Team doctor Vincent Lacroix says Calvillo's prognosis is good and that he underwent a single radiation procedure Wednesday.

"(The surgeon) assured me that there should be nothing stopping Anthony from continuing his long and successful professional football career or from winning another Grey Cup," Lacroix said.

The win over the Riders was the third Grey Cup victory for the future Hall of Famer. Last season he completed 380 of 562 passes for 4,358 yards and he is ranked second in the CFL with 63,322 career passing yards.

Calvillo threw 32 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions last season.


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