BENGALS SIGN DT DEVON STILL TO PRACTICE SQUAD TO HELP HIM PAY FOR DAUGHTERS CANCER TREATMENT
The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed defensive tackle Devon Still to their practice squad, after releasing him from the team last week, in order to help him pay for his 4-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments.
For most NFL players, making the practice squad instead of the 53-man roster is a huge letdown. But for Still, it was a sign of loyalty.
Now the thankful player and many others on social media are praising the team for their goodwill gesture, which Still has called a “blessing in disguise.”
"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’s Good Morning America.
"They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field," Still said. "It’s like a blessing in disguise for me."
The-25-year-old Still learned in June that his daughter, Leah, has stage-4 pediatric cancer. Since the diagnosis, Still’s mind understandably hasn’t been completely on football as he missed parts of organized team activities and minicamp this offseason to be with his daughter.
Now as a member of the Bengals practice squad, Still receives health insurance as well as a weekly salary of $6,300. He gets to remain with the team that drafted him, without all of the traveling, meaning he can be closer to his daughter as she undergoes treatments. (Photo: man_of_still75/Instagram)