Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Calvillo shows Richard Sherman how it's done
obnoxious tirade on live television, Anthony Calvillo provided a welcome contrast in professional decorum at a news conference announcing his retirement from pro football.
A lot of tears were shed among Calvillo and the other Alouettes VIPs in attendance, but it was appropriate emotion, unlike Sherman's childish outburst at the end of the NFC Championship game. The notion of Sherman's trash talk being a welcome break from the usual athlete cliches doesn't hold up to scrutiny, either in the big picture or in specific comparison to Calvillo. During a 20 year CFL career, Calvillo rarely - if ever - resorted to cliches. He's too thoughtful and passionate to be intellectually lazy, and his strength of character precludes him from losing his composure to anger or spite.
It's easy to be an uncouth punk. Staying on the high road is hard work. For honour, dignity and unfailing professionalism, Anthony Calvillo is in the same class as Jean Beliveau, and that's an infinitely higher class than the Richard Shermans of this world.