Defensive tackle Devon Still found out Saturday that he had been cut from the Bengals’ roster but then found out he had been given a second chance for his daughter, 4-year-old Leah, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pediatric cancer in June.
“I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I couldn’t give football 100 percent right now,” Still, 25, told ABC News.
“They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field,” Still said. “It’s like a blessing in disguise for me.”
As a member of the Bengals’ practice squad, Still will receive medical insurance and a weekly salary of $6,300.
He will also be able to travel less, giving him more time to spend at home with Leah as she completes her treatment.
“We’re going to go to battle with cancer,” Still said. “She’s willing to put up a fight to beat it.”
Still announced his daughter's condition on Instagram earlier this summer. He posted a photo of Leah last week on her way to start her fourth round of chemotherapy.