Canadian Football League

End of the line: Als great Calvillo retires

Montreal, QC ( - Anthony Calvillo's illustrious career is over.

The Montreal Alouettes legendary quarterback, professional football's all-time passing yards leader, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Calvillo, 41, missed Montreal's final 11 games last season, his 16th with the franchise, due to a concussion.

"My family has been privileged to be associated with Anthony over all these years," said Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall. "We wish him well and are looking ahead to our continuing engagement."

A three-time recipient of the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award, Calvillo won three Grey Cups with the Alouettes, who he joined as a free agent in 1998, and holds league records of 79,816 passing yards, 455 touchdown passes, 5,892 completions and 9,437 pass attempts.

"I will forever be thankful to our owner Bob Wetenhall and general manager Jim Popp for allowing this franchise to have all the success that we have had over the years," Calvillo said. "The city of Montreal and all the great Alouettes fans across the Province of Quebec have embraced me and that feeling is mutual."

The Los Angeles native started his CFL career with Las Vegas in 1994 before spending the next three years with Hamilton (1995-97).

01/21 11:28:11 ET

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