Who says Latinos can't play football? Yeah, not soccer, but smash-mouth football.
While the NFL focuses on Mexican American Mark Sanchez —the starting quarterback for the New York Jets— up north in Montreal, East Los Angelino Anthony Calvillo is having a career that rivals football legends such as Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Dan Marino, and Peyton Manning.
Calvillo, who is currently in fourth place on the all-time list of professional football passing yards, is dominating the Canadian Football League this year as the lead signal-caller for the Montreal Alouettes. By 2012, Calvillo is also expected to surpass career pasing yard leader Damon Allen to become the sport's top career passing yardage leader. That would be all-time for any professional football league. He is a tivia question waiting to happen.
The Mexican American East Los Angeles native has amassed mind-boggling numbers during his 17-year career in professional football . Here are just some of the highlights as he leads Montreal to another stellar season (tied for first place in the East Division):
- 8 Grey Cup (Canadian Super Bowl) appearances with 3 Grey Cup championships
- A 3-time Outstanding Player of the Year winner
- Most career completions (5,180) and career touchdowns (398) in CFL history
- An amazing 62.8% career completion percentage
- His career quarterback rating is an impressive 95.8
Calvillo will also surpass 70,000 career passing yards this year, and he has also rushed for over 3,000 yards and has scored over 30 rushing touchdowns.
Here is a video of Calvillo breaking the CFL's career touchdown mark.
The only problem is that Calvillo plays in Canada, but it is clear that he is the pride of East Los. ¡ESO!