Devon Still is a professional football defensive end in the NFL. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft. He publically remained a part of their team until 2014. Since 2016, he has been part of the Houston Texans NFL team. Unfortunately, Devon and his daughter Leah have been busy fighting and beating her cancer diagnosis.
Devon J. Still was born in 1989 in Camden, New Jersey. He lived in Delaware and went to school at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a lineman on their football team and captain during his senior year. That year he was awarded Lineman of the Year. He, also, played basketball and was on the track team during high school. He next attended Penn State and played for their Nittany Lions football team from 2008 until 2011. During his college years, he earned the following accolades: 2008 Big Ten champion, 2011 First-ten All-Big Ten, 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and 2011 Consensus All-American.
Devon Still was next drafted by the Bengals in 2012. While part of the Bengals, Devon was, also, supporting his daughter’s battle with cancer. The team and their fans supported this personal battle as well. He was signed by the Texans in 2016. However, due to a foot injury is on the injured reserve list.
NFL coaches, owners, and fans have supported Leah’s cancer battle. Money has been raised for pediatric cancer research and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. One hundred of Devon’s jerseys were bought and donated to the hospital and a local Boys & Girls Club. In 2015, it was announced that Leah is now cancer-free. Devon and Leah were awarded the Jimmy V Award during the 2015 ESPY Awards for their battle against cancer.
Devon Still’s story can inspire those battling cancer or facing difficulties in their personal lives. Family, love, and connections with others matter! Be inspired! Have a bright day!