Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still has had a tumultuous past few months. Professionally-speaking, Still started the year losing his job on the final roster, sticking on the Practice Squad and then being brought back on to the 53-man roster a couple of weeks into the regular season.
The professional side is a direct reflection of the personal battle that he has been enduring with his young daughter, Leah. The story of Leah and her fight with pediatric cancer has become a national story and one that many in and out of the NFL world have rallied around. NFL teams and fans have showered the Stills with support in a variety of ways and Still has shown great gratitude for the outpouring of well-wishes.
Leah recently had a successful surgery performed to remove the a cancerous tumor and is recovering. She is hopefully in one of her last rounds of chemotherapy and on the road to a full recovery. Since Devon shared his story with the world, the media has gravitated to him and his four-year-old daughter, hoping that this truly becomes a feel-good story for the NFL.
The Bengals' defensive lineman will continue to share the story and updates on his daughter on Friday when he is slated to appear on "Ellen", a daytime talk show hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. His appearance was apparently set up by the Bengals' Public Relations team, who also were part of the idea behind donating 100 percent of Still's jersey sales to pediatric cancer research. To date, that initiative has netted more than $1 million by the team. The folks at The Cincinnati Enquirer also presented Still with a $5,000 check for donation recently.