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The Cincinnati Bengals made arguably their greatest move of the season this week
The Bengals re-signed defensive tackle Devon Still to their practice squad Sunday to help him pay for his 4-year-old daughter's cancer treatments. He was waived by the team last Saturday.
Still learned back in June that his daughter, Leah, has stage-four pediatric cancer. Since the diagnosis, Still's mind understandably hasn't been completely on football as he missed parts of organized team activities and minicamp this offseason to be with his daughter, which is why he understood the team's decision to cut him.
"I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I couldn't give football 100 percent," Still told ABC News.
But when Still received the call this morning that he had been signed to the practice squad and would receive health insurance as well as a weekly salary of $6,300, he was incredibly grateful. Still also will remain in the game he loves, for the team that drafted him, without all of the traveling, meaning he can be closer to his daughter as she undergoes treatments.
"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."
Now, is faith in humanity restored? No way... We still have a LONG ROAD ahead of us before we can call it restored...
This should be the American corporate model instead of "adios" when personal misfortune falls on an employee.
originally posted by: thesaneone
Well I'm going to be that guy and ask what did he do with all his football money?
Still said doctors are estimating her medical costs could reach $1 million.
originally posted by: ImDaMan
The bank my mom worked for, kept her employed, while she battled cancer for 25 years. Paid for ALL her medical bills and paid her months worth of sick days.
a reply to: KingIcarus
At the risk of sounding like an asshole, this dude's kid would be completely covered for her cancer under a UK style healthcare system.