|This what a real man looks like. Devon Still caring for|
his daughter Leah who has cancer.
As a member of the practice squad, Still was able to keep health insurance benefits, was paid, and his did not have to travel with the team on road trips so he could be with his daughter. But it gets better. Still eventually was able to return to the team's active roster and last night, during the November 5 game versus in-state rivals the Browns, Leah was well enough after surgery and recovery to come see her dad play. At the game the Bengals presented a check for more than $1 million to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name.
Other NFL people got invovled as well. New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys and distributed them to the local Boys & Girls Club and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and on October 5, 2014 during a game between the Bengals and the New England Patriots at the Pats' Gillette Stadium, they showed support for Leah in various ways, and it was even reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was donating $25,000 to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name.
Though the jersey sales donations ended October 20 so they could present the check, the Bengals are still promoting helping via a PLDGIT campaign which you can contribute to here.
Still's devotion to his daughter, and the Bengals' devotion to their player, is inspiring especially among the many not-so-great stories of player, team, and league behavior of the past year. Great Play Bengals!