Devon Still and daughter Leah share a father-daughter moment. The “selfie queen,” as titled by her father, smiles wide while leaning on Devon’s shoulder. The NFL star is thrilled to be reunited with his daughter who always manages to put on a happy face. “That smile always finds away to put a stop to the madness/worries that go on in my head,” tweets the star.


The madness for Still was calmed a bit this past weekend when the Cincinnati ‘Bengals’ re-hired him shortly after releasing him from his contract. The NFL team initially decided to let the 25-year-old player go because of numerous absences from scheduled practices. Team officials later rescinded such decision after realizing that Still’s absences were due to his daughter’s battle with stage four pediatric cancer.

“I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I couldn’t give football 100 percent right now,” said Devon. The star has been trying to balance his time on the field with his daughter’s medical needs since June. “They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field.”

Not only did the ‘Bengals’ invite Still back, but they also gave him a schedule that better coincides with his daughter’s needs. According to the re-worked contract, Devon will earn $6,300 per week to be a part of the practice squad that doesn’t travel as much as the main team. The NFL player will also receive medical insurance while on the squad, which is something he certainly needs to help pay for his daughter’s medical bills.

“It’s like a blessing in disguise for me,” said Devon of the new plan. Leah has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy since being diagnosed with cancer.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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