Devon Still gets good news, a little bit of it about football

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Devon Still wasn’t sure he was going to be back with the Bengals this year.

But frankly, he had bigger concerns.

The defensive tackle cleared the biggest weight off his mind Tuesday, when he got good news about his daughter Leah’s battle with cancer.

Still posted on Instagram that “doctors told us they didn’t see any active disease in her body,” and then told Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website he hopes it’s a sign of things to come.

Leah and her family still await the results of an MRI and a bone biopsy later this week, and she’ll need a stem cell transplant to help rebuild her immune system. But this was obviously a big step.

It just feels so good to great news after nine months of only hearing bad news,” Still said. “Hopefully when they get the rest of the results Thursday it will be the same thing. It’s just a great feeling.”

Leah’s battle with cancer became a national story last season, with many teams pitching in to help, and more than 10,000 people buying Devon’s jersey to support cancer research. The Bengals donated over $1 million to a local hospital through the efforts.

Now comes the small matter of football. The Bengals have offered to bring Still back next year, but Leah’s medical situation gave him pause.

“That was based on today’s tests,” Still said. “Obviously if the news hadn’t been this good, I would have wanted to have spent more time with my daughter. But now that it looks like things are headed on the right path, I’m ready to go back and play football.”

That’s good news for Still and the Bengals, but the best news is that Leah’s getting optimistic reports from her doctors.

39 responses to “Devon Still gets good news, a little bit of it about football

  1. Great news. No child should have to go through this. I have a 10 month old daughter and I can’t imagine seeing her in this situation. Best of luck to Leah.

  2. That’s great news! As a bengals fan I’ll be happy to see him back, but part of me was hoping the Eagles would make him an offer so he could stay closer to Leah.

  3. Nobody cares about football when it comes to their kid. And they shouldn’t. So glad Leah is getting back to where she needs to be! Way to be there for her Devon. This little girl had the entire country rooting for her. She’s been through more than most adults could ever imagine. She’s a tough kid. Prayers to you and your family!

  4. I still keep this little girl in my prayers. No child should have to go through what she is going through.

    Football is just a game and there is certainly a lot of sniping that goes on in these comments on the PFT site, but at the end of the day I think everyone’s heart breaks for what this family has had to endure.

    Lots of love and hugs sent your way, Leah!

    A Pat’s fan

  5. Continued prayers for his daughter’s recovery. Whether he plays or not fans of every NFL team can easily root for this family.

  6. Glad there is some positive news for this family. Praying the rest of the news is as good and a donor is found quickly. Glad we live in a time when when science can help give these kids a life.

  7. Who is not cheering for this man and his family, good on the Bengals for doing what they do and continued good fortune on this family!

  8. Great to hear, and all my best for a speedy (and full) recovery. Family comes first, and it’s amazing to see the way the NFL community has come together and done the right thing around this.

    Secondly, to people who are disliking comments about a little girl’s recovery from pediatric cancer, well… you’re much sicker than she is. There isn’t much that will cure you.

  9. unclemoobaa1911 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 9:49 AM
    Who thumbs down well wishes and positive comments for a little girl recovering from cancer? I know PFT has lots of trolls…but come on people.

    Amen Uncle.

  10. smalltownqb says: Mar 18, 2015 10:42 AM

    I look at the Up/Down in comments here and wonder “Who is the flipping idiot marking thumbs down”.
    I was wondering the same.
    It’s probably a PFT troll that somehow gets off by thumbing down every post, no matter the content.
    Likely an insecure weasel trying to make himself feel better by poo-pooing upon others.
    Unfortunately, every internet space seems to have at least one.

  11. However his career goes, Devon Still will always be a winner in my book. Too often there are guys like Cromartie, Shawn Kemp, Adrian Peterson, etc who have multiple kids and no relationship with the kids or refuse to pay child support.

    Also, mega props to the Bengals for keeping him on the roster so he can get a paycheck and benefits when they didn’t have to.

  12. It’s disgusting that some of these comments have a thumbs down on them. We are talking about a kid who beat cancer here. Good for Devon and his family.

  13. The thumbs down are mind boggling. If anyone here is not happy that this little girl has beaten cancer, then you need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist pronto.

  14. Why don’t some of you jackasses who get such a kick out of thumbs-downing things like this come on here and defend yourselves and your reasoning?

    Yeah… That’s what I thought.

  15. You all beat me to the thumbs down comment. It’s a reminder that there are people on this earth that need to be removed from the gene pool.

  16. Great news about Leah and you have to feel good for Devon Still, but here’s my question……..Can he really recapture his NFL level of play with basically not having his head, body and emotions into the game for this prolong period of time? It’s not like riding a bike. The NFL is a brutal sport that only a few can play. This guy hasn’t really been able to mend his craft properly now for a while. I don’t see him being much help to the Bengals if he returns. Great story, but it ends with his daughter unfortunately.

  17. Been a while since I posted my comment about the thumbs-downing losers and I still don’t see an admission.

    Why don’t you get on here and admit who you are, cowards? You have no guts to do this at a keyboard. MAN UP.

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