Devon Still

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Devon Still
No. 75     Cincinnati Bengals
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-11) July 11, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Camden, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Wilmington (DE) Howard
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Debuted in 2012 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus All-American (2011)
  • Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2011)
  • Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (2011)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2014
Tackles 28
Sacks 0.5
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at NFL.com

Devon J. Still (born July 11, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football for Pennsylvania State University, earning consensus All-American honors. He was considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects, and was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

Early years[edit]

Still was born in Camden, New Jersey. He attended Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was a standout lineman for the Howard Wildcats high school football team. Still was a team captain during his senior season, recorded 59 tackles, 18 of them for a loss, and was recognized as the Lineman of the Year by the Delaware Interscholastic Coaches Association. He also was a member of the Howard Wildcats basketball and track and field teams.[2]

College career[edit]

Still attended Penn State, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2008 to 2011.[2] He was named the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming only the second defensive tackle to win the award (along with former teammate Jared Odrick).[3] He was also named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year,[4] consensus All-Big Ten,[4] and to 10 first-team All-American teams.[5] He was a finalist for both the Outland and Bednarik awards.[6] Still was elected a team captain for the Nittany Lions as a senior in 2011.[7] He is a charter member of the Eta Alpha chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. He graduated with a degree in crime, law, and justice.[8]

Professional career[edit]

At the 2012 NFL Draft, Still was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals, with the 53rd overall selection. He played two seasons with the team before being cut in late August 2014, prior to the start of the season. The following day, the Bengals re-signed Still to the practice squad to help him pay for his daughter's cancer treatment.[9]

In addition to his daughter, Leah's diagnosis, Still was also attempting to heal from a hamstring injury. He admitted that he would not be able to impact to his full ability and give the best effort to his team. Consequently, Still did not make the Cincinnati Bengal's 53-man roster. Still said: "I completely understand where they were coming from...."I can't give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100 percent of everything I have." Coach Marvin Lewis offered Still a position on the practice squad so that he could continue to pay for his daughter's cancer treatments. As a member of the practice squad, Still did not have to travel with the team on road trips.[10] On September 10, 2014 it was announced that Still was being moved to active status.[11] In the game that followed, the Bengals' second of the season, he recorded three tackles against the Atlanta Falcons.[12]

Personal[edit]

In June 2014, his daughter, Leah Sari, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer.[13] Still put his football career on hiatus saying: "she's fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life." Since the June 2, 2014 diagnosis, Still spent the next three weeks sleeping next to his daughter at the hospital despite his own recent back surgery. In support of his daughter, Still shaved his head bald and has said that he will grow back his hair only when Leah's does.[14]

The Bengals demonstrated their loyalty even further by permitting Devon Still's jersey to be sold in order to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. $400,000 sales were made in four days. At the end of September, it was reported that Still's jersey donation sales neared $1 Million. The New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys and distributed them to the local Boys & Girls Club and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.[15]

On September 25, 2014, before driving Leah to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for cancer surgery, Devon Still posted a video to his Instagram account, which went viral. Still later tweeted that the tumor and lymph nodes were removed. [16][17]

On October 5, 2014 during a game with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, a music video was shown on the stadium's video screen featuring Still's daughter. The Patriots cheerleaders also donned copies of Still's' jersey to show support. It was further reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was donating $25,000 to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name.

Still's cousins, Art Still and Levon Kirkland, have also played in the NFL.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  2. ^ a b GoPSUsports.com, Football History, 2011 Roster, Devon Still. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Penn State's Devon Still named Big Ten's defensive player of the year". Associated Press. November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Flounders, Bob (November 28, 2011). "Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still, linebacker Gerald Hodges named first-team All-Big Ten". Harrisburg Patriot-News. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Still Earns Sporting News First-Team All-America Honors". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2011-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Still Named Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy Finalist". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2011-11-21. 
  7. ^ a b Musselman, Ron (2011-09-15). "Lineman Still enjoys being disruptive force on defense". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  8. ^ http://prod.static.bengals.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/Cincinnati-Bengals-Media-Guide.pdf
  9. ^ Cincinnati Bengals Re-Sign Devon Still to Help Pay for Daughter's Cancer Treatment
  10. ^ Dehner Jr., Paul (September 5, 2014). "Bengals Keep Still To Help With Daughter's Cancer". Cincinnati.com, A Garnett Company. 
  11. ^ "Devon Still signed to Bengals' 53-man active roster". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  12. ^ http://prod.static.bengals.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/weekly-releases/2014/reg-week-3/week-3-bengals.pdf
  13. ^ "Devon Still: Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle says his daughter has cancer". WCPO - Cincinnati. 
  14. ^ Dehner Jr., Paul (July 28, 2014). "Bengals Devon Still's Daughter Fights For Life". Cincinnati.com, A Garnett Company. 
  15. ^ "Still's Jersey Proceeds Raise Hundreds of Thousands for Pediatric Cancer Research". September 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ Stump, Scott (September 25, 2014). "Let's Do It. Watch NFL Player Give Daughter Pre-cancer Surgery Peptalk". Today News. 
  17. ^ "Let's Do This! NFL Player's Pep Talk To Daughter Battling Cancer". September 26, 2014. 

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