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Montreal Alouettes to retire star quarterback Calvillo's No. 13 jersey

09/23/2014 11:54 EDT | Updated 11/23/2014 05:59 EST
MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes will retire quarterback Anthony Calvillo's No. 13 on Oct. 13 when the club faces the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Calvillo, 42, retired Jan. 21 following an illustrious 20-year career. The five-time CFL all-star and three-time winner of the league's outstanding player award left as pro football's all-time leading passer with 79,816 passing yards and holds the league's all-time marks for touchdowns (455), completions (5,892) and attempts (9,437).

"Having my No. 13 retired alongside the team's greatest legends like Sam Etchevery, Peter Dalla Riva and my former teammate Mike Pringle at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium is an incredible privilege," Calvillo said in a statement. "I consider myself very fortunate to have been surrounded by so many talented individuals throughout my career.

"Without the contributions from (GM) Jim Popp, those exceptional coaches and my great teammates, none of this would have been possible."

Calvillo began his CFL career in '94 with the expansion Las Vegas Posse and joined the Alouettes in '98 following three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Calvillo became the Alouettes' starter in 2000 and led the franchise to Grey Cup wins in 2002, '09, and '10. He was also named the MVP of the '02 Grey Cup game.

In 2012, Calvillo became the first quarterback in CFL history to pass for over 5,000 yards in a season seven times.

Calvillo's jersey will be the 10th retired by the Alouettes. The others include Herb Trawick (No. 56), Virgil Wagner (No. 78), Etchevery (No. 72), Hal Patterson (No. 75), George Dixon (No. 28), Pierre Desjardins (No. 63), Dalla Riva (No. 74), Junior Ah You (No. 77) and Pringle (No. 27).

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