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The Canadian Football League’s all-time passing yards leader, Anthony Calvillo, retired from pro football in 2013. After taking a year off to complete his bachelor’s degree, he returned to the Montreal Alouettes in the receivers’ coaching role. This season will be his first as the team’s offensive coordinator. We caught up with Calvillo at the Olympic Stadium before he took off for Toronto.

Anthony Calvillo

Describe your packing style: offense or defense?
I’d say I’m more defensive because I like to be prepared. I always have my computer ready to take out and know where everything is in my bag. I hate looking for my things.

What’s the most important item you travel with?
Definitely my medication; it’s called Synthroid. I had thyroid cancer, so I have to take it every day. I keep it in my pocket as often as possible.

How was your ­transition from ­quarterback to coach?
No matter how many years you played for – and I played for 20 – coaching is a whole other avenue. Instead of being on vacation when the season ends, I start working. This year we’re hiring new coaches and developing a brand new offensive playbook, from scratch. It’s been non-stop.

Is there life after football?
It’s my passion, but I don’t want to work forever. My wife and I have made a commitment to our family, and we love to travel. My two daughters are already good travellers; they’ve been to Europe, Hawaii, all over the place.



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