The Cincinnati Bengals have been in the news a lot lately, but for very good reasons. Devon Still, a defensive tackle, has been struggling with things much more important than football. His daughter, Leah, is currently fighting pediatric cancer. She is four years old, and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June. She had a softball-sized tumor that had shrunk due to multiple rounds of chemotherapy. Her surgery to remove the tumor took place on September 25, and according to Still, the doctor was able to remove all of the tumor.
The bad news didn’t end with his daughter’s cancer diagnosis; Still was cut from the Bengals. However, the Bengals did something no one ever thought would happen: they re-signed Still almost immediately after cutting him, and placed him to the practice squad. Their reasoning for doing this was so that he could have a salary of $100,000 to help pay for his daughter’s medical bills.
Things continued to get better for Still from there. He was soon promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. This increased his salary to $405,000, the minimum for active NFL players, but more than he was getting on the practice squad. Still was always covered by the Bengals medical insurance, even when he was on the practice squad, but he told ESPN that the medical bills for his daughter could reach up to $1,000,000.
The Bengals have been trying to help in any way they can. The team also announced that they would be selling Stills jerseys and the proceeds would be going to pediatric cancer. His jersey became the fastest selling jersey in the team’s history. The coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Peyton, purchased 100 jerseys to show his support and to help out. The sales from the jerseys totaled more than $400,000.
The Cincinnati Bengals get the stamp of good guy for all they have done to help Devon Still and his daughter.