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Devon Still gives pep talk to 4-year-old daughter before her cancer surgery (video)


On Thursday, Leah, the four-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, would undergo surgery related to her ongoing treatment for cancer. But brave little Leah would not be doing so before her daddy gave her a heartwarming little pep talk in the car, presumably en route to the hospital.

Still writes on Instagram, “Pre-surgery pep talk…I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I’ll never let her see it…let’s get this done!

If that doesn’t break your heart, along with that “fist bump” shared between the two in the video, well, wow.

Leah was diagnosed with Stage-4 pediatric cancer back in June. Still, unable to focus upon his NFL career while caring for his daughter, originally was cut by the Bengals in training camp but was later added to the team’s practice squad so he could maintain Leah’s health insurance coverage.

The Bengals began selling Still jerseys on its website to raise funds for cancer research and treatment, spawning the biggest one-day jersey sale total in team history.

Still was then elevated to the Bengals’ 53-man roster two weeks ago, but the Bengals clearly are being very gracious in allowing Still to remain primarily focused upon his daughter and her care. A classy move by the organization, to be sure.

Best of luck to Leah on her surgery and continued support to the Still family as they fight through brave little Leah’s battle.