Bengals selling Devon Still jerseys for cancer research
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals announced Wednesday that they officially signed Devon Still to the team's active roster.
"We think Devon is ready to rejoin our line rotation and be productive," Marvin Lewis said. "It already was stated that a big reason Devon opened on the practice squad was that he couldn't focus on football this preseason. He had to take care of his daughter. But Devon has told us he feels ready to contribute now, so it's the right move at the right time. And we've told Devon he can still be afforded the personal time he needs to attend to his daughter's care."
This comes after the Bengals announced they would donate money from the sales of Devon Still's jersey to a good cause: Fighting pediatric cancer.
All proceeds of Still's jersey will go to benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research.
Still's jersey is available on the Bengals team shop for pre-order for $100.
After making the announcement, Still's jersey has sold more in a 24 hour period than anyone in Bengals history, according to Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs.
Two months ago, Devon Still announced on instagram his 4-year-old daughter Leah has stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer.
"From the moment I found out what was going on, I told myself I was done because the doctor gave her a 50/50 chance of surviving," Still said. "So every second, every minute, every hour is crucial because I'm not sure I would be able to spend time with her again."
But she is also the reason he decided not to leave football for good.
"My first thought was to stop playing football and spend time with my daughter because she is my number one priority, but playing football puts a smile on her face," he said. "That's one thing that made me come back and decide to play football."
The defensive tackle was cut from the team but resigned to the practice squad and will be allowed to keep his insurance, as well as earn a weekly salary of $6,300.
On Tuesday night, Still's agent said he was reinstated back to the Bengals roster, meaning he will be in uniform at the next game. The Bengals have not confirmed the announcement.
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