The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed defensive tackle Devon Still to its 10-man practice squad, days after the NFL mandated its teams to slim down their rosters to 53 members.
According to Still, his re-signing wasn’t just a football decision. Still needed to pay for his 4-year-old daughter Leah’s cancer treatment; she was diagnosed with stage-four pediatric cancer at the beginning of the summer.
“I just broke down in tears and I couldn’t stop crying,” said Still in an interview with ABC News. “It was like my whole world turned upside down.”
The 25-year-old Still, who will maintain a steady paycheck of $6,300 per week, will not have to travel with the Bengals on the road:
“They could’ve washed their hands of me,” said Still, who will receive full health coverage as member of the Bengals. “It’s kind of like a blessing in disguise for me. We’re going to go to battle with cancer and she’s willing to put up the fight to beat it.”