As Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still reports for training camp, his mind is elsewhere.
What the 25-year-old Still found out on June 2 changed his outlook on the game of football and life: his 4-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with stage four cancer.
Still opens up about the devastating news in a piece by Paul Dehner Jr. in The Cincinnati Enquirer, expressing the emotional toll it has taken on him.
"My head is messed up, to be honest with you," Still said. "It's messed up. Sometimes I feel bi-polar. Sometimes I wake up and I'm optimistic. Sometimes I wake up and it's just heavy on me."
Still first shared the news about his daughter on Instagram "not for sympathy," he wrote in the post, but "because I've come to the point where (I'm) no longer feeling sorrow, but to ask that y'all keep my daughter in your prayers. The more prayers that go up, the more faith we (have) that she will overcome this obstacle."
When Still found out about Leah's cancer, he didn't think he...