Now here’s an incredible story. After the Cincinnati Bengals cut Devon Still from making the team, they signed him to their practice team so that he will have health insurance to cover his daughter’s cancer treatments.
Devon Still, 25, says that his world was turned “upside down” after he found out that his little girl, 4-year-old Leah, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Thankfully, he received a miracle in the form of health insurance when the Cincinnati Bengals signed him to their practice team. Not only will the insurance help cover Leah’s medical bills, but Devon also has a guaranteed salary from the team.
Devon Still Signed By Bengals To Help With Daughter’s Cancer Treatment
The Cincinnati Bengals may have just saved a little girls life — and all they did was give her daddy a job.
When defensive tackle Devon Still was cut from the team over the last weekend in Aug. 2014, he completely understood why it was happening. In an interview with ABC News, he explained that he had been distracted and unable to concentrate on football after his daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014.
In a surprising turn of events, the Bengals called Devon back and signed him to their practice team so that he will receive a salary — $6,300 a week — as well as the teams health insurance benefits to help cover his daughter’s medical bills.
“They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field. It’s like a blessing in disguise for me,” Devon said, obviously touched by what his team did for him and his little girl.
Not only does Devon have his salary and health insurance, but he was also allotted time off to spend with his baby girl while she undergoes treatment for her Stage 4 pediatric cancer.
An amazing move on the Bengals part. Kudos to them for being so gracious!
Devon Can Be Moved Back Up To Roster If He Improves Game
In even better news for Devon, all hope is not lost for his future on the Bengals roster.
The team reportedly told Devon that if by the next season his game has improved again, and he works on his “physical,” then he has a shot to be moved back up from the practice team.
“Just them sticking by me through this whole time, they understand exactly what I am going through. It is a blessing I am on this organization.”
Our thoughts are with Devon, his beautiful daughter Leah, and the rest of their family. Here’s to a speedy recovery for you, Leah!
— Lauren Cox