Calvillo back for another season

Anthony Calvillo speaks to the media at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, in Montréal, Quebec, November...

Anthony Calvillo speaks to the media at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, in Montréal, Quebec, November 14, 2011 after being eliminated from the CFL playoffs. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER/QMI Agency)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

Citing unfinished business following his failure to win a third consecutive Grey Cup, Anthony Calvillo says he'll be back for a 15th season with the Montreal Alouettes.

The 39-year-old quarterback, the CFL's career passing leader, confirmed the news Monday in a statement.

The Los Angeles native said the sour taste from the East semifinal loss to Hamilton is still fresh in his mouth.

"Losing ... was devastating because none of us expected that," said Calvillo, who has led the Als to three championships in eight trips to the Grey Cup game since 2000.

He admits to having mixed emotions about waging another gruelling season. He and his wife Alexia have both suffered through bouts of cancer during the past four years and he has been deciding on his future on a season-by-season basis since then.

"In my mind I just wanted to make sure I was committed 100% to coming back," he said. "To be honest, there was just a day or two there where I thought about whether I shouldn't play, that's why I waited a couple of weeks to make sure I was fully committed."

Calvillo led the CFL this past season in passing yards (5,251) and touchdowns (32). He threw just eight interceptions, the fewest among first-stringers.

He tops the career charts for total yards, completions and touchdowns. But he says records don't mean a thing compared with the thrill of winning.

"For me it's all about the championships," Calvillo said. "There's no better feeling in the world. That's what will continue to drive me."

Calvillo says he has already begun dieting and working out.

"(Alexia) is ready to kick me out of the house already," he said. "She usually needs about three weeks after the season before she's ready to have me out of the house.

"I'm still just a 39-year-old kid playing football."

brian.daly@sunmedia.ca


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