When Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still returns to the field this season, he will do so with a heavy heart.
Still revealed Wednesday in an Instagram post that his daughter, Leah, has been diagnosed with cancer.
“Last night I found out my daughter has cancer,” Still wrote. “I decided to let (people) know not for sympathy, because I’ve come to the point where (I’m) no longer feeling sorrow, but to ask that y’all keep my daughter in your prayers. The more prayers that go up, the more faith we (have) that she will overcome this obstacle.”
Still was taken by the Bengals in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft after a standout college career at Penn State. He has appeared in 18 games as a reserve player for Cincinnati over the last two seasons.
“If y’all know me, y’all know this girl is my world,” Still added. “I know that she is strong and she won’t let anything hold her down without a fight.”
The 24-year-old was absent from the Bengals’ Organized Team Activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, released a statement via Twitter on Thursday.
Please keep Devon Still, his daughter and entire family in your thoughts and prayers as they fight through this toughest of times—
Drew Rosenhaus (@RosenhausSports) June 05, 2014