A few years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals seemed to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, with the main gripe being that seemingly everyone on their team had a rap sheet. But today comes some actual good news from the franchise centering around their former second round pick, defensive tackle Devon Still, and their willingness to put him on the team's practice squad so he can continue paying for the cancer treatments of his four-year-old daughter Leah.
Leah has stage four pediatric cancer and, due to having his priorities in order, Devon voluntarily missed offseason workouts to be with her. That has (understandably) set him back in relation to his colleagues which led to him being cut last Saturday. That means that he was facing the possibility of no income and no health insurance (which is pretty necessary when your daughter has cancer). But then the Bengals opted to retain Still as a member of the practice squad meaning he'll collect $6,300 a week and (also) be given employee healthcare. This will also allow him to stay at home and be around his family more.
Still said of the Bengals gesture "They could have washed their hands with me and said that they don't care about what I was going through off the field," and "It's kinda like a blessing in disguise for me."
You can follow Leah's progress on Devon's Instagram account which is pretty much Leah-exclusive at this point.
[via Good Morning America]