The “Spotlights” section of my blog is where I like to bring attention to interesting stories from across the league and the story out of Cincinnati relating to Devon Still is no different.
Still, a former second-round pick in 2012, has failed to live up to expectations in his young career, like many players who experience the challenging and often brief opportunity that is the NFL. Where he is unique is what he currently faces in relation to his four-year-old daughter, Leah.
She is battling cancer.
Still has, understandably, been unable to fully invest in football since her diagnosis. After all, the sport we know and love is at it’s bare roots is just a game. The coaching staff knew of his off-field concerns, yet were faced with a tough decision when they made final cuts heading into this season.
Still underperformed in the preseason and was unlikely to make the team considering his inability to devote his life to the sport, but Cincinnati did something rather remarkable.
They signed him to their practice squad where he would make more than $100,000, according to ProFootballTalk, over the course of the year. The amount would be enough to cover medical expenses while keeping Still involved with the organization, despite his inability to focus specifically on the game.
It was a classy move by Cincinnati and one that is rarely heard of in an occupation so notoriously cutthroat.