They've been so strong that Still tweeted Friday that after just four days of sales, he and the Bengals have raised about $400,000 for pediatric cancer research. He added that more than 5,000 of his jerseys have been bought since Monday night when the Bengals launched the jersey-sale campaign in hopes of bringing attention to an issue Still and his family are currently battling along with countless others.
That's almost $400,000 raised for pediatric cancer research in only four days from jersey sales alone! Amazing
- Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) September 12, 2014
Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed in June with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. She's been given a 50-50 chance of surviving.
Earlier this week, the Bengals announced that Still, who had originally been cut before getting placed on the practice squad in part because of the distraction that Leah's illness had been to him, was being moved back onto the 53-man active roster. There is a chance he could play Sunday when the Bengals host the Atlanta Falcons in their home opener. Still said earlier this week he was fully recovered from a hamstring injury he suffered in the preseason.
The Bengals decided the jersey sale was the best way they could assist Still in his efforts at trying to combat pediatric cancers. All proceeds from the sale -- jerseys cost $100 and can be purchased through the Bengals' pro shop -- are going to pediatric cancer research efforts and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The Bengals also have a way on the pro shop's website for non-Bengals fans to spend the $100 on the donation without having to buy a Bengals jersey.
On Tuesday night, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton heard about Still's story and the donation drive while driving home. He ended up buying 100 jerseys, paying for them out of his own pocket. A team official told ESPN.com those jerseys will be distributed to kids at Cincinnati's children's hospital and local Boys and Girls Clubs.