The Cincinnati Bengals cut Devon Still on Saturday. It was more bad news for the defensive tackle who found out in June that his daughter Leah, 4, had stage four pediatric cancer.
Still shaved his head as a sign of solidarity with Leah when she started her chemotherapy and wrote about her progress on his Instagram page. This entry is from August:
Normally today would be filled with excitement because it's my first game back since my injury in December but because it is also the day my daughter starts her 3rd round of chemo and I can't be there it feels different... usually on game day I pray for safety and a good game but today I'm just sending up one prayer so God knows how important it is to me and that is he stay by my daughters side and comfort her and protect her since I can't be there....I'm going to handle my business on the field today and she's going to handle hers in that hospital #PrayForLeah
Still recently learned that the Bengals re-signed him for their practice squad to help the devoted dad pay for Leah's cancer treatments. Still will get medical insurance for his child and $6,300 per week in pay, noted the New York Daily News.
Another big plus is that Still won't have to travel with the team and can stay home with his daughter during her treatments.
“I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I couldn’t give football 100 percent right now,” Still told ABC News today (video below).
“They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field,” added Still. “It’s like a blessing in disguise for me. We’re going to go to battle with cancer. She’s willing to put up a fight to beat it.”