Devon Still Cancer Fund Produces Highest Selling Bengals Jersey

Posted: Sep 9 2014, 6:36pm CDT | by , in News

Devon Still Cancer Fund Produces Highest Selling Bengals Jersey
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Leah, Still's Daughter Battling Stage 4 Cancer.

Defensive lineman Devon Still was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago to shore up space for the 53-man roster, and later placed on the practice squad for the remainder of the season.

Still, who was on the Bengals roster for the last two years was placed on the practice squad mainly due to lingering injuries that held him back from making the roster.

"I wanted to make the roster, but I have a lot of stuff going on right now that I can't give football 100 percent," Still said to reporters last Monday. "[The team] could have just washed their hands completely of it. Said, 'We don't care what's going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football.' That's, after all, what they pay us to do."

Still's daughter, Leah, who is 4-years-old, has been battling Stage 4 cancer. The stress of injuries and concerns over his daughter led to his off-field priorities becoming a higher concern for his family as they cope with the realization they might lose their daughter.

She's been given a 50-50 chance at surviving.

In keeping Still on the practice squad, the Bengals helped ensure he'd have the league's health insurance to pay for Leah's treatments. Still said those medical costs could reach $1 million.

"One of the things we took into consideration before we made it public that my daughter had cancer was that my daughter's not fighting this for no reason," Still said. "That at least what we get out of this battle is that more people start to know about childhood cancer and more people decide to start helping with it so that families don't have to go through it by themselves."

On Monday, the Bengals announced on their website that all the proceeds from sales of Still's jersey would be donated to pediatric cancer research.

Less than 24 hours later, a team official told that more of the practice squad defensive tackle's black No. 75 jerseys had been sold in that time span than any jersey featuring any other Bengals player ever.

"Ever," Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs, said. He didn't have an exact number of sales at the time.

Berding said the team wanted to become more involved in Still's fundraising efforts because it has been "overwhelmed by the support locally and nationally" that has been extended toward both the Bengals and Still. Berding went on to say that a flood of emails have come in since last week from people asking for ways they can help Still and his cause.

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