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Bengals Re-Sign DT Devon Still to Help Him Pay for His Daughter’s Cancer Treatment (Video)
In June, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still received some horrible news. His four-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with stage-four pediatric cancer.
That of course meant chemo and radiation and countless hours spent in the hospital. But it also meant missing all the Bengals’ summer workouts and mini-camps, and that wound up coming back to haunt him.
You see, because he wasn’t able to put all his efforts into training, Still was not ready for the pre-season. That left the Bengals with no choice but to cut him from the team last Saturday, which in turn left Still without a paycheck and, worse, without health insurance.
However, just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse, the Bengals stepped up and signed Still to their practice squad. And that didn’t just give Still a $6,300 weekly salary and health insurance. It also gave him the blessing in disguise of not having to travel with the team, meaning he can spend more time with his daughter—which is exactly what he needed most.
Still was on Good Morning America yesterday, where he expressed his gratitude to the Bengals for helping him in his time of need. Take a look:
In recent years we’ve seen a lot of feel-good stories involving NFL teams. However, if we’re going to be totally honest, most of the time the teams involved don’t really put themselves out. Sure, they invite a sick kid to training camp and make him coach for a day, or they give a paralyzed football player an honorary contract. Those are acts of kindness, and they make people feel good. But what does it really cost them? A couple thousand dollars? Half the teams in the NFL are worth over a billion dollars. Those expenses are chump change.
This situation with the Bengals and Devon Still is different. Here you have an NFL team doing the right thing even though it may go against their prime directive of winning football games. And that’s amazing.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]