Calvillo's code of conduct

I just got this link about QB Anthony Calvillo in an email. I hope fans and CFL players find it inspirational as we head into the Christmas season. Wishing you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

Calvillo's code of conduct

By Cameron Zimmer

While football is important to Montreal Alouette Anthony Calvillo, his relationship with God and his family are more so. Photo courtesy Montreal Alouettes
He's coming off one of the best seasons of his career, having won the Grey Cup and the Most Outstanding Player award (for the second year in a row).
At this point, you couldn't fault Anthony Calvillo, the Montreal Alouettes' 6-foot-1, 213 pound quarterback, for taking some credit and listening to the buzz. He does the opposite, however, by pointing to coach Mark Tressman's leadership, the team's stellar defense, and his main weapon: running back Avon Cobourne.
"When I go into a season, I set goals for myself - being the MOP is not one of them," Calvillo tells Living Light News.
"I think when you're on a winning team, the quarterback is always going to be one of the guys that get recognized but I've always shared this whole experience with the whole team."
This selfless attitude isn't just a gimmick for media microphones. In 2007, Calvillo put football into perspective for players and fans alike when he left the team late in the season to be with his wife Alexia Kontolemos, now 40, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
"Frequently what happens with athletes is that they'll give lip service and say, ÔWell my dad died and I'd be at his funeral but the team needs me for this game because that's what he would have wanted,' and there may be some legitimacy to that," shares Alouettes' Chaplain Tom Paul.
"Anthony was on the verge of setting several CFL records, but his wife needed him. With the permission of the team and the respect of his teammates he took that time off to be with Alexia.
"It's the most tangible evidence of harmony between his code and his conduct." As much as his late season exit speaks to his personal character, Calvillo says Christian faith was the basis for his decision and the foundation for his family surviving this trying time.
Kontolemos is now cancer-free and the couple is happily raising their two daughters, but they were shaken when they first heard the cancer diagnosis two years ago.
As Christians, the only thing Anthony and Alexia could do was drop to their knees to pray.
"She was frightened so much, but we just got down on our knees and asked God to really open up our minds and give us the answers and give us the direction to go in," says Calvillo.

"There were tests that had to be done and decisions that had to be made, but we felt very confident that God was leading us.

"That was the one thing that really got all of us through this whole process - to be able to trust the Lord and know that His plan was going to work."

This unswerving trust in God didn't develop overnight. In fact, it has taken Calvillo the better part of his life to realize how much he needed God.

Growing up in a Catholic family of six in Los Puentes, California, Calvillo was familiar with church but never made faith a priority. As he entered high school and became more involved in sports, church and faith became even less important.

He had Christian friends while attending Utah State University, but never thought much about it. It wasn't until he was well into his football career that a good friend was killed in a car accident and Calvillo began to change his attitude.

"I was evaluating my life, what direction it was going in and it felt very empty and that's when God came into my life," says Calvillo.

In 2000, Calvillo made a commitment to Jesus Christ and began attending the Alouettes' chapel. He admits that he wasn't sure about how his new faith would mesh with being a football player. Before making a decision to enter a relationship with Christ, Calvillo says he didn't feel much conviction.

After he became a Christian, he wondered if all his fun as a CFL star was over. "I thought I was going to be missing out on a lot of things and I was totally wrong, because some interesting things and new people came into my life that really opened up my mind," says Calvillo.

Not long after he became a Christian, Chaplain Paul encouraged Calvillo to search the scriptures with the same intensity he used when memorizing the team's playbook. The student of the game took the advice to heart and has made reading the Bible a daily priority.

Calvillo's commitment to his faith and his consistent lifestyle have made him a trusted leader and friend in the Alouettes' locker room.

Calvillo says he always admired how Tracy Ham, a former Alouettes' quarterback and fellow Christian, would speak into players' lives. Now teammates who used to only talk to Calvillo about football approach him to discuss personal problems and faith.

"He is highly respected for his veteran leadership," says Paul.

"He has a soft voice, but when he speaks, everyone listens. He's demonstrated off the field a real consistency between his beliefs and his behaviour."

lets build a shrine in his honour.

If you ask Anthony Calvillo I am pretty sure he would not want a shrine for himself. The amazing grace of God
he's experienced is available to everyone who seeks and desires it.

I can't stand people who advertize their religion to other people.... Keep it to yourself.
What annoys me the most is that Christianity isn't even a Canadian thing anymore... Why do 8 million people in Canada have to here about how much Calvilo loves Jesus after the Grey Cup... The whole concept is forign to us...
You never here Canadian players talk about Jesus or God after games... It's always American players.
You never hear hockey players talk about god because most of them are Canadian...
Those prayer circles at the end of the game really annoy me.... It's all a bunch of American players from the south getting in a circle and praying... There is no other sport on the planet where that happens.
There is nothing that can be done to stop it...we live in a free country... I just don't see why reporters push this agenda when nobody in this country cares

are you saying that canada is a godless heathen country?

There are many Canadian Christians, in and out of sports.

Christianity is not and never was a "canadian thing", or an "american thing", or a "british thing". It is a HUMAN THING.

People do not express their religous beliefs in public to the same extent as they do in the USA..Probably because they are not as dedicated as the Americans.
YES... as of 1988 Canada is a heathen country...
In 1988 we were declared a heathen country by some relgous board... I remember my Sunday School teacher was all up in arms over this...
For years Canada sent missonaries to places like Brazil and the Philipeans.... Now those countries actually send missionaries to Canada.

Look...I'm happy for Calvilo. If my wife almost died of cancer I would only hope to have something to believe in while I went through the ordeal. Chances are Iwouldn't though.
I just get a little angry when I watch the Grey Cup and then want to hear from one of the stars of the game and instead he starts to try and do missionary work... Like did God cause the Riders to have 13 men on the field?
As a guest in our country Anthony, conform to our culture and leave that Jesus talk to the American atheletes that play in their own country. Very very few Canadians want to here it and for as many that want to hear it...10 times as many are rolling their eyes.

Living Light Ministries is based in Canada - Edmonton, AB. So maybe Canadians aren't all heathens and perhaps, just perhaps, most Canadians don't consider Christianity a "cultural" thing. To each their own - if you aren't tolerant of others differing views - tune it out.

It doesnt really apply to Calvillo or the article; but maybe somebody can answer me...

When American athletes thank God for letting them win a game, does that mean God made the other team lose? How does he decide? Who are his favourite teams so I can bet on them?

Yes, faith is an important part of mine and my family's life. However I do not think we need to discuss it on the forums. I happen to agree with CFL on this one guys. Lets leave it out.

they dont thank god for the win. they thank god for letting them play to their potential and not getting injured. They thank him for giving them the talent to play well.

The late Irish comedian Dave Allen once did a sketch I recall well on a similar point. Set during the Wars of the Roses in England, it featured two knights in shining armour, with Dave Allen (as God) appearing in the sky above them.

One knight prayed for God to help his servants the House of Lancaster in their upcoming battle against God's enemy, the House of York.

The other knight prayed, not surprisingly, for God to help his servants the House of York in their upcoming battle against God's enemy, the House of Lancaster.

Dave Allen looked down from his cloud, first at one knight, then at the other, sighed, shrugged his shoulders, and then flipped a coin.

So what does an injured player do?

I remember seeing one woman on TV back after the Tsunami hit east asia a few years back, thanking God for the fact that she had flown back to the US from Thailand the day before it hit. A TV commentator/comedian played the clip and then said "lady, thousands of people DIED. . . the fact that you didn't was an oversight."

that comentator/lousy excuse of a comedian, was just as big an ass as those who write anti cfl articles.

He may very well be that (Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”).

But there is a point in there. If God arranged it so that this woman would be saved and thousands of others die, what the heck made her so special?

And my other question was. . . if players pray to give thanks for not getting injured, what do injured players do?

1- Not saying that God does everything he gets thanked for, nor everything, or anything, he gets blamed for. However, it is possible that while God lets most things take there natural course according to the actions of man and nature, he sometimes intervenes for his own purpose. It could be that he had future plans for that woman, or not.

2 - injured players could give thanks for not being permanantly injured, or killed, or that they were fortunate enough to play the game as long as they did, or that their teammates had safe and well played game, etc etc.

let it go dudes. Vic Rapp tried the christian thang - lost every big game to the heathens in Edmonton for a few years then was unceremoniously dumped for all his efforts. Praise the Lord. For Christ's sake AHHMEN.

I wonder if any CFL'ers are Scientologists; or better yet Moonies! Now that would be something to have a thread about.

Personel attacks are not allowed on this site.... Just pretend that I just did.

just pretend that it matters :roll:

Lets try and keep it in mind that A.C was being asked these questions. I don't think he was advertizing his faith and beliefs and trying to convert anyone.