After preseason injuries hindered Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still's playing ability, the team cut him to reach their 53-man roster limit. In addition to his injuries, Still admitted that he was no longer fully invested in football. The reason: his 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in June and given a 50-50 chance of survival.
To help cover the costs of treatment, the Bengals then signed Still to their practice squad, ensuring that his daughter, Leah, will be covered under the team's health insurance policy.
With the support of his team, Still coordinated a donation program that allows people to pledge money for every sack the Bengals' defense gets this season — whether Still plays or not — in an effort to help raise money and awareness about pediatric cancer.
On top of that, the Cincinnati Bengals announced they would also donate 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of Still's jersey to the pediatric research efforts of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Within 24 hours of the announcement, thousands of people flooded the Bengals website, making the black No. 75 jersey the highest-selling jersey of any other Bengals player in that time span. EVER.
And today, the Bengals officially announced that Still was signed off the practice squad to the active roster.
Congratulations, Devon Still. And thank you, Cincinnati Bengals, for doing the right thing.
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To purchase Still's jersey, visit the Bengals Pro Shop.