Devon Still Jersey Proceeds Donated to Pediatric Cancer Research
UPDATE, 9/10: Awesome news — after his jersey sold the most in any 24-hour period of any jersey in Bengals’ history, Still was added to the Bengals’ active roster yesterday, according to ESPN.
Feel-good story gets better: Bengals sign DT Devon Still to active roster, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. pic.twitter.com/QncaFboVI1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 10, 2014
We’re hoping for more good news for the Still family!
Fans often buy jerseys representing their favorite players. Now, fans can wear a jersey that supports a worthy cause.
The Cincinnati Bengals are selling No. 75 Devon Still jerseys as part of its Sack Cancer initiative. Proceeds from the $100 jersey sale will be donated to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer research.
The former Penn State standout was drafted 53rd overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012. The All-American defensive tackle was the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a team captain.
A few weeks after Still revealed his daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer, the Bengals announced the team will join him in the fight. The team launched a campaign two months ago called Help the Bengals Sack Cancer in support of its defensive tackle’s daughter. You can either make a one-time donation or pledge to donate a certain amount every time the Bengals record a sack this season. The proceeds will go to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Those who do buy the Still jerseys will purchase them knowing that the player they represent likely won’t see much playing time this season. After his daughter was diagnosed with stage-4 neuroblastoma, Still took much of the summer off to be with Leah during her treatment.
It came as little surprise when Still failed to make the cut for the Bengals’ 53-man roster. Still was, however, offered a spot on the team’s practice squad, meaning he would continue getting paid and being covered by team health insurance.
“I’m dealing with a lot more issues with my daughter than just her having cancer,” Still told ESPN. “With [the Bengals] sticking by me through this whole time and understanding exactly what I’m going through, it’s a blessing that I was around this organization.”
Our thoughts are with Still, Leah, and his family in this difficult time.