Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still posted an e-mail on his official Instagram account on July 29 saying his daughter, Leah, remains cancer-free.
Leah Still remains cancer-free.
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Her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, received an e-mail on her latest diagnosis on July 29. He then posted the said email on his official Instagram account on July 29:
Still wrote a caption for the Instagram photo which reads, "Just the email I needed heading into camp...the tests from today came back negative."
Several hours before, Still posted another photo on Instragam showing Leah all smiles before she underwent testing:
He wrote about his nervousness during that moment, per Instagram:
"Idky but I always get a little nervous on these days. Big day of testing today to see if the cancer is still in remission so she wanted to dress up pretty because if you look good you feel good and if you feel good you get good results..
"if that theory is right then I have nothing to worry about because she looks beautiful today."
According to Cincinnati Bengals ESPN reporter Coley Harvey, the team opens training camp at Paul Brown Stadium on Friday, July 31. Still is expected to join his teammates the day before as they report for the 2015 NFL season.
Harvey says Still will be "more than 20 pounds lighter" than he was at the end of last season. His weight loss is a byproduct of him being motivated by his daugther's condition.
Back on June 16, Still showed up at the Bengals' three-day mandatory minicamp. Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson reported back then that Still weight 296 pounds, 18 less than his last recorded playing weight.
Still discussed his weight loss benefits with Hobson:
"Quicker. Move better. I didn't need all that weight to play inside. As long as I still have the same strength to control those blocks and stuff, I don't need to be 317 (pounds).
"I know for a fact it was. Just off of last year, I wasn't working out properly. I was missing my workouts to fly back and be with my daughter. I wasn't eating right, whether it was from depression or whatever.
"But I was able to start eating right and getting my weight back down...If anything, it's improved (my strength). So I'm looking forward to what I can do on that football field and making sure I'm not just weight-rooom strong, that it translates to the field."
At that point in time, Leah Still was recovering nicely from liver complications brought about by chemotherapy. Still also told Bengals.com the work he has put in during the offseason is his way of repaying the team for its support for him and his family:
"I didn't know from last week whether I was going to come out here or not because of her complication, but she started showing a good turnaround. I have a lot of family and friend support that is there with my daughter now.
"It feels good to get away for a couple of days and just get back to being here with the team and going out there and practicing...I've been gone for long enough.
"She's beat cancer, and it's allowed me to focus on a lot of football and getting back in shape. It's just trying to repay the Bengals for everything they did for me last season. You watch these kids fight for their life; they keep a smile on their face. They're resilient.
"And if you ever watch that -- like I've watched that for a year -- it changes everything about you. It lets you know you have to make the most of every opportunity that you have. I have an opportunity right now to make this Bengals team and I'm going to try to do it."
Still discussed what he and his family have been through in the past 13 months during an emotional speech at the 2015 ESPYs on July 15. He accepted the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award on behalf of Leah, who was not cleared by her doctors to attend the ceremony, per ESPN.
Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said during a media luncheon on July 28 that Still seems a whole lot better off emotionally, per Harvey:
"He seems like he's got a lot lifted off his shoulders. He did a tremendous job at (the ESPYs) representing himself, his daughter and the organization top-notch. When he comes back, he can concentrate on his job because there is going to be a good battle for everybody on the defensive line.
"We are looking for good things from him."
The 26-year-old Still has amassed 40 tackles, 0.5 sack and one forced fumble in 30 regular-season games for the Cincinnati Bengals, per ESPN stats.
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