November 16, 2005 16:53 ET

The Montreal Alouettes: A.C. Nominated for Tom Pate Award, Star Quarterback Honoured for his Work in the Community

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2005) - Alouette quarterback Anthony Calvillo has been nominated for one of the CFL's most prestigious honours, the Tom Pate Award.

Calvillo fills his off-field role in the community just as well as he does on-field as one of the CFL's best quarterbacks. He represents the Alouettes in the running for the Tom Pate Award, given annually since 1976 to the athlete who best exemplifies fair play, and contributes to his team and community equally.

Now in his 12th CFL season - the last eight with Montreal, Calvillo has established himself as a community leader. He gives large amounts of time to several organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Montreal, for which he dedicates his efforts towards its volunteers and fundraising causes. He is the honourary president of the Rita Steinberg-Goldfarb Golf Tournament, which donates all profits to the Canadian Cancer Research Society. He also works with the CN Fund.

Anthony personally created the "CJAD and A.C. Touchdown Club," through which he donates $100 for each touchdown pass he makes with CJAD matching the $100 donation. That money is then divided among the CN Fund, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the "Cuddles" program for premature babies at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He is also intimately involved in the Alouettes' "School is Cool" program, as well as "CN Adopt an Alouette."

The 2003 CFL Most Outstanding Player and 2002 and 2004 East Division MOP, Calvillo was the Alouettes' nominee for the award once again this season - the fifth in a row. After a thrilling 6,000 yards passing season in 2004, Calvillo once again dominated the CFL this year with 5,556 yards and 34 touchdowns against just 19 interceptions. He set a new team record with 437 completions on 661 attempts.

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