MONTREAL - When Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo announced his retirement on Tuesday morning following a brilliant 20-year CFL career, it didn't take long for the hashtag #MerciAnthony to start trending in Canada, but the tributes actually came pouring in from both sides of the border.
Here's a look at some of the best tweets and testimonials from Anthony's big day, crossing national, provincial, and inter-sports lines alike.
#Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo announced today that he is retiring following 20 seasons. CFL legend, Marc Trestman’s guy— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2014
Just spent 1 hour on phone with Anthony Calvillo, the retiring CFL legend. What a guy. I regret never seeing him play.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 22, 2014
From the entire Canadiens organization, congrats to Anthony Calvillo on a historic career – you made Montreal proud!— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 21, 2014
Calvillo is more than 1 of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play our game. He is one of most remarkable people to ever grace the #CFL— Mark Cohon (@canadiancommish) January 21, 2014
Congrats to Anthony Calvillo on a hall of fame career & all the best in retirement. The East Division will never be the same. #CFL— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) January 21, 2014
Congrats to Anthony Calvillo, one of the best QBs ever to play our Canadian game. AC is class personified. Good luck on the next chapter!— Wpg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) January 21, 2014
Congrats to Anthony Calvillo on a remarkable 20 yr career. I'm honoured to have shared a locker room… http://t.co/SSihlaFjoi— Daryl Townsend (@dtownsend36) January 21, 2014
Anthony Calvillo was great teammate and even a better man.Thank you for paving the way Ace. Enjoy your retirement, you've earned a great one— Jerod Zaleski (@JZale) January 21, 2014
What an honor to spend my rookie season with one of the best QBs of all time! Congrats on retirement!! pic.twitter.com/J446zxUbjv— michael klassen (@mikeklassen90) January 21, 2014
I couldn't thank AC enough for how much he has taught me this year. How to study, prepare, and be a pro Qb. Best QB to ever play the game!— Tanner Marsh (@marshmadness16) January 21, 2014