Longtime CFL QB Anthony Calvillo set to retire: Report

Anthony Calvillo in the first half of the game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton...

Anthony Calvillo in the first half of the game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos July 25, 2013. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL/QMI AGENCY)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

MONTREAL - Anthony Calvillo came into the Canadian Football League as part of that unmitigated disaster known as U.S. expansion in the mid-’90s. But he leaves as one of the greatest quarterbacks the league has ever known.

Calvillo is expected to announce his retirement from the league after a storied 20-year career at the age of 41 next week.

The Alouettes sent out word yesterday that Calvillo would address his future with the team at a news conference next Tuesday. TSN’s Dave Naylor has since confirmed it will be to announce his retirement.

Calvillo goes out as professional football’s all-time leading passer. The product of Utah State has thrown for just shy of 80,000 yards for three different CFL teams, the vast majority of that work coming in the red, white and blue of the Montreal Alouettes.

Calvillo began his CFL career with the not-long-for-the-world Las Vegas Posse before leaving as the team folded and hooking up with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

But it wasn’t until he arrived in Montreal in 1998 that his career really started to flourish.


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