Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Unfinished business for Als' Calvillo
I'm not sure why I was surprised when Anthony Calvillo announced he'd be back for another season as quarterback of the Alouettes in 2012, because it makes sense on virtually every level. I guess I was thinking about Calvillo's age - 39 - coupled with both his wife's and his own cancer scares, and how that combination of factors could make focusing on his young family more important than pursuing a football career that's already produced irrefutable Hall of Fame credentials, including three Grey Cup championships and three CFL MVP awards.
But there are other, overriding factors that make coming back the logical choice for Calvillo. One is that despite his age and health setbacks, he's still the standard by which all other CFL quarterbacks are judged. Calvillo led the league in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes in 2011, and had an almost unheard of touchdown to interceptions ratio of 4-1. He was the only reason the Als took Hamilton to overtime in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Beyond his still-formidable skill set and leadership qualities, Calvillo is not one to rest on his laurels, and he hates to lose. Behind the modest and soft-spoken facade is a fierce competitor whose unfailing public grace regardless of circumstance belies a deep abhorrence for defeat. He measures everything in the moment, and by that measure, a first round playoff exit in his most recent game means Anthony Calvillo's work is not done.