If you have the money and the ability, head to the Cincinnati Bengals Pro Shop or type proshop.bengals.com into your favorite web browser now. The Bengals are participating in a cause that's dear to their collective hearts. For every Devon Still jersey that's sold at the Bengals Pro Shop, all proceeds will go to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research. Each jersey is going for $100.
Still is also participating in a campaign that donates money for every quarterback sack registered by the Cincinnati Bengals defense. They generated three on Sunday during their season opening win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Still was waived by Cincinnati during final cuts last weekend. Still cleared waivers the next day and signed onto the team's practice squad. It would have been an impossible season for Still, regardless. Several months ago, he nearly retired from football when he discovered that his four-year old daughter Leah, has stage four cancer called neuroblastoma.
"When I found out, I told my family I was done. Done. I didn't feel comfortable leaving my daughter while she's going through this," said Still. "She's fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life."
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the minimum salary for a practice squad player is $6,300/week -- they could have signed him to significantly more. Understandably, he isn't focused on football but the Bengals clearly want to keep investing in Still, for when he's ready. Now he and his family will be insured for continued treatment and Still won't have to travel with the team during away games. It's a win-win for the time being.