Devon Still, a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, is one of many players gaining headlines, but for wildly different reasons. Still’s number 75 Bengals jersey is one of the top sellers in team history, for off-field reasons: All the proceeds will be donated to pediatric cancer research.
Still found out June 2 that his 4-year-old daughter Leah was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer. Leah was given a 50 percent chance of survival. Devastated by the news, Still returned to training camp at the Bengals’ invitation. Less than 24 hours after signing for the Bengals, Still’s jersey sold more than 1,000 units.
On Sept. 12, Still tweeted, “That’s almost $400,000 raised for pediatric cancer research in only four days from jersey sales alone! Amazing!”
Although Devon Still isn’t as popular as Ray Rice, he is a franchise player as a man off the field, and he sees Leah’s fight as more important than these players’ fight to get back on the field.