Yahoo – The Cincinnati Bengals player who was cut from the team and then brought onto the practice squad in order to help pay for his daughter’s cancer treatments says he sees the move as a “blessing in disguise.” Defensive tackle Devon Still found out Saturday that he had been cut from the Bengals’ roster but then found out he had been given a second chance for his daughter, 4-year-old Leah, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pediatric cancer in June. “I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I couldn’t give football 100 percent right now,” Still, 25, told ABC News. “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.” As a member of the Bengals’ practice squad, Still will receive medical insurance and a weekly salary of $6,300. He will also be able to travel less, giving him more time to spend at home with Leah as she completes her treatment. “We’re going to go to battle with cancer,” Still said. “She’s willing to put up a fight to beat it.”
Now here’a s story about a practice squad player thats worth talking about. Michael Sam is hosting press conferences and writers are listing him as one of the top story lines in the NFL and really there’s nothing to it. Meanwhile you probably wont hear much about this move from the Bengals. Priorities, folks. Its a class act move by a franchise that is usually on the other side of things when it come to off the field news. Medical insurance and $6,300 a week can go a long way towards helping a 4 year old girl with stage 4 cancer. And while it probably seems like this should just be common courtesy the NFL is a big time cutthroat business these days and there are probably other teams out there that wouldn’t extend the same offer so the Bengals deserve all the credit they get. Whether its out of the goodness of their heart or from a PR point of view the fact is they did the right thing. Best of luck to Devon Still and his little girl Leah.