Calvillo has record yardage in sight
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Pretty soon, there could be no one left for Anthony Calvillo to pass.
The veteran Montreal Alouettes pivot is just 4,220 passing yards away from becoming the all-time leader among any professional quarterback ever to play the game.
With just Damon Allen (72,381), Brett Favre (71,838) and Warren Moon (70,553) ahead of him, Calvillo is the highest-ranked quarterback still active on the list as he looks to add to his 68,161 career yards in the upcoming regular season.
But they’re not exactly taking down any street signs in Montreal in anticipation of the milestone.
“I’ve never monitored anything that’s had to do with anybody’s individual records,” said Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman. “Certainly we all respect what Anthony’s done, but I think we’d be disrespecting the game and disrespecting Anthony if we spent any time thinking about it because we would be taking our focus away from what’s important and that’s trying to be the best we can on the next play.
“As soon as you try to get something done, you wind up fighting against yourself and it doesn’t happen. The best approach is to just focus in on that play and the next play and things have a way of taking care of themselves.”
Last season, Calvillo added 4,839 yards to his career total, which would more than eclipse the record were he to do it again in 2011. In fact, Calvillo has passed for more than 4,220 yards in nine out of his 17 seasons in the CFL. And those nine times happened in the last 11 years.
“We are extremely privileged to have Anthony Calvillo as a member of this team and as the quarterback,” said Alouettes president Ray Lalonde. “He’s already contributed tremendous things for the Alouettes over the years and for football in Canada in general. He is a legend.”