NFL team rallies behind player as daughter battles cancer

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

As pro football teams finalize their lineups ahead of this week's start of the regular season, one defensive tackle understands why he's being placed on the practice squad. For now, Devon Still won't be traveling with Cincinnati Bengals; instead, he'll be focusing on his 4-year-old daughter's battle with cancer.

"I can't give football 100 percent right now," Still said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Still found out in June that his daughter Leah has neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Still announced his daughter's condition on Instagram and frequently posts pictures of them together as she goes through treatment. Leah recently began her fourth round of chemotherapy.

The 24-year-old, 2012 second-round draft pick from Penn State credits the Bengals for standing by him as his personal life quickly overshadowed his NFL career. A fundraiser linked to the Bengals' performance allows people to donate money for every sack the team makes this season. Proceeds will benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.