The story of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his four-year-old daughter has made its way to New Orleans. After hearing the story of Still’s daughter, Saints coach Sean Payton decided to purchase 100 of Still’s jerseys .
The Bengals had previously announced that all proceeds from sales of Still’s jersey will go to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research.
Still’s story has made national news over the past few weeks. The 25-year-old defensive lineman was cut by the Bengals in August when the team had to trim its roster down from 75 to 53 players.
The Bengals eventually signed Still to the practice squad though, so that he would have health insurance to help cover the care for his four-year daughter Leah, who is currently battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer.
Still had admitted to the team that he understandably wouldn’t be able to focus 100 percent on football.
“They could have just washed their hands completely of it,” Still said. “Say we don’t care what’s going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football, that’s what they pay us to do. But they thought about my personal issues and allowed me to come back on the practice squad so I still have insurance. They said if I keep working on my physical with my injury and mentally prepared myself to focus on football, then they can move me back up to the roster, so I am not all the way out of the loop.”
And moving Still back to the active roster is exactly what the team did on Wednesday.
“The Bengals were loyal to me,” Still said. “Loyalty is something I really need right now because I never know what direction this is going to go with my daughter.”
On Tuesday, the Bengals sold more Still jerseys than they had sold of any other player in franchise history, according to ESPN.com.
The Saints added 100 to that total. Still and the Bengals will be in New Orleans on Nov. 16 when the two teams play.