With the recent headlines, we forget there still is good in the NFL, this a great example of that good.
If you watched The New England Patriots game on Sunday night versus the Cincinnati Bengals, you witnessed something pretty cool. They took a moment to show their support for defensive tackle Devon Still.
Devon’s 4-year-old daughter is battling pediatric cancer and during the second half, Patriots cheerleaders wore Still’s Bengals jersey as the crowd in Gillette Stadium gave him a standing ovation.
Devon’s daughter, Leah, had surgery over a week ago to remove a cancerous tumor. Devon wrote on his Instagram account after the procedure that doctors removed “ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from.”
After Leah was diagnosed in June with stage four neuroblastoma. Devon Still didn’t make the Bengals’ 53-man roster. The team did however signed him to its practice squad to make sure he could continue to get health insurance and pay for his daughter’s treatments.
He has since been promoted to the active roster and was at Gillette Stadium for the heartwarming moment. In September, the Bengals started a fundraising campaign in which all proceeds from sales of Still’s jersey would be donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research.
To go along with their tribute, the Patriots also announced that owner Robert Kraft will make a donation in Leah’s name. Watch the video above.
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