The debate over Anthony Calvillo’s place in CFL history has started, even though the sensational quarterback is a long way from finished.
Detractors argue that although A.C.’s career numbers make him appear to be the best QB in CFL history, the Als star is just a capable player who profits from playing on great teams.
Plenty of CFL followers will tell you Calvillo’s not as talented as Doug Flutie, Ron Lancaster, Jeff Garcia, Warren Moon, etc.
The 39-year-old Calvillo last week tied Damon Allen’s all-time CFL record of 394 touchdown passes when he threw for five majors in Montreal’s win over Saskatchewan.
While Calvillo might not be your first choice if you were starting an expansion team, he’s more than just a decent QB who was lucky to land with a great franchise.
Not only does Calvillo own three Grey Cup rings with the Als, he’s also on course to establishing a new record for career passing yards before season’s end. And don’t be surprised if he caps that off with a fourth Grey Cup ring.
Dunigan’s head still in the game:
Not long ago, a player suffering a mild concussion was said to have “had his bell rung” and would often return to the game with little consideration for future effects. Recent advances in science and a more humane approach to player health have made brain injury research a priority.
CFL Hall of Famer Matt Dunigan sat down with the CFL on TSN’s Brian Williams last week to reveal his own personal fight with head injuries and post-concussion syndrome and how concussions have affected his life.
Despite retiring 15 years ago, Dunigan is still affected by the dozen concussions he suffered during his stellar career.
Dunigan will donate his brain to concussion research in hopes that “they’ll be able to advance the science and understanding of concussions and brain injuries to help others.”
B.C. Lions head coach/general manager Wally Buono said it best.
“It’s very ugly,” he said. “It’s sickening.”??
Buono was referring to the video of Lions DB Stanley Franks’ gruesome knee injury, but he could have just as easily been talking about the Leo’s 0-2 start to the CFL season.
Franks was taken off the field on a cart, and the initial diagnosis is a severe dislocation of the knee. Now Buono has another headache. In addition to his team’s slow start, he now has to make adjustments in his secondary when the 0-2 Lions face Ricky Ray and the 2-0 Edmonton Eskimos Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.