Calvillo, 39, says fire is still there
By Dave Levesque, QMI Agency
|Anthony Calvillo speaks to the media while the Alouette players empty the changing room at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. (QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - As dejected Montreal Alouettes players cleaned out their lockers after being denied a chance at a third consecutive Grey Cup, quarterback Anthony Calvillo was ambiguous about his future.
"I will sit down with (Als owner) Bob Wetenhall in the next week or two and with the organization to talk to them about which direction I'm going to go in," the 18-year veteran told reporters.
"I still enjoy this game, it's still fun. I think that this last playoff game (a 52-44 overtime loss Sunday to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) really showed that the fire was still there to play and compete."
Calvillo, who became the CFL's career passing leading this season, says wife Alexia will play a big part in his decision. He also acknowledged that the concussion he suffered in late September will be a factor.
"That's the scary thing that I will evaluate with my family," the 39-year-old said. "It wasn't my first one (concussion), but it was the first time that I was ever knocked out. So that was a scary thing.
"Any time you get a concussion ... it's something that you think about especially when you reflect on life after football."
Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, one of the architects of the Alouette dynasty, says he won't influence his star one way or another.
"I don't plan to pressure Anthony," he said. "I expect and hope he'll be back, but the decision will be up to him and his family."
If the California native does hang up the cleats, it won't be because he wasn't good enough to compete. Calvillo passed for 513 yards and three touchdowns in the 52-44 East semifinal loss to Hamilton.
Under Calvillo, Montreal made it to the Grey Cup eight times from 2000 to 2010, winning three.
Calvillo raised the possibility of a gradual passing of the torch to backup Adrian MacPherson. The veteran could play reduced minutes to ease his talented young protege into the rotation.
"We'll never know what Adrian can do if he doesn't get more chances to play," Calvillo said.