Changes in Montreal will force Anthony Calvillo to miss Hall-of-Fame induction (Update: maybe not)

There are conflicting reports over whether the Alouettes’ coaching changes will force Anthony Calvillo to miss his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Hamilton on Thursday.

Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette was first…

Then TSN’s John Lu reported that Calvillo said he wasn’t going.

But then…

With the firing of head coach and offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine on Wednesday, Calvillo will be serving as play-caller and defacto OC under new head coach Kavis Reed. Calvillo has been the team’s quarterbacks coach this season.

Calvillo is set to be enshrined Thursday in Hamilton, joining linebacker Mike O’Shea, running back Kelvin Anderson and receiver Geroy Simon in the player category. Former Calgary Stampeders president Stan Schwartz and longtime Saskatchewan Huskies coach Brian Towriss will be inducted as builders.

Calvillo, 44, played for three clubs (Las Vegas, Hamilton and Montreal) during his illustrious 20-year CFL career. The Los Angeles native retired after the 2013 season with 79,816 passing yards and is the only player in league history to register over 400 TD strikes. He is pro football’s all-time passing leader and was enshrined in his first season of eligibility.

Calvillo led the Alouettes to three Grey Cup titles (2002, 2009, and 2010) and was named the CFL’s outstanding player three times (2003, 2008, and 2009).

– with files from CP.

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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6 Comments on Changes in Montreal will force Anthony Calvillo to miss Hall-of-Fame induction (Update: maybe not)

  1. Who would have thought the biggest victim of the coaching shakeup in Montreal would be Calvillo?

  2. Tough Call. That’s why the stupid People that run the Hall
    -Well there really isn’t one right now. Denoble and CFL.
    Should do this before or after the Season-Or During CFL week. With Inductee’s on Coaching staffs- Dumb..

    • justforkicks // September 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm //

      During or around CFL week would be perfect. Any team in the hunt and scheduled to play is going to hesitate allowing a coach to attend when inducted even if he wanted to. Another thing for the new commish to address.

  3. The NFL has their induction ceremony BEFORE even the start of the exhibition season.

    Why not the CFL???

  4. white stallion in red // September 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm //

    Yes make it part of CFL week. It the Als could send him to the ceremony with their blessing

  5. Stephen Fisher // September 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm //

    That is just wrong. Like as if he stays in Montreal the team will suddenly have a winning record. Missing his induction will not salvage the Montreal season.

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