This story originally ran on StateCollege.com.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still will look a little different when he returns to the field this season. He shaved his head as an act of solidarity for his daughter, Leah, who was diagnosed with cancer. She begins chemotherapy soon and will most likely lose her hair.
The former Penn State standout posted an Instagram video of Leah holding his head, along with the message: “If she gotta rock a baldy so do I…We’re ready for chemo!! #BeatCancer #IThinkIRockABaldyPrettyWell.”
Still, through his Instagram account, is asking fans to keep his daughter in their prayers.
“I debated with myself whether I was going to post anything on social media but I felt it would be beneficial for my family..last night I found out my daughter has cancer…I decided to let ppl know not for sympathy because I’ve come to the point where I no longer feeling sorrow but to ask that y’all keep my daughter in your prayers the more prayers that go up the more faith we habe that she will overcome this obstacle…if y’all know me y’all know this girl is my world I know that she is strong and she won’t let anything hold her down without a fight..thanks everyone for the continued support of my family”
Some fans have already rallied around the Still family, asking where they can send Leah letters and gifts. Still wrote on Instagram she cannot receive flowers but other gifts and messages can be sent to her hospital, located at 1600 Rockland Road Unit 3A Wilmington, DE 19803.
The Bengals selected Still in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. The All-American defensive tackle was the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a team captain.