Watch NFL Player Devon Still Give His Daughter A Pep Talk Before Cancer Surgery

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Watch NFL Player Devon Still Give His Daughter A Pep Talk Before Cancer Surgery
by Nicole Weisensee Egan
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Source: people.com
Devon Still
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Devon Still's 4-year-old daughter came through her cancer surgery beautifully on Thursday thanks, in part, to a pre-surgery pep talk by her dad. 

Sounding more like a football coach psyching up his team before an important game than like a worried dad, the NFL player told the giggling Leah, "I'm going to ask you again," in the video he posted on his Instagram account. 

"I'm ready for today. You ready for today?" he asks her before they fist bump. 

The caption he wrote for the video was just as endearing. 

"I'm ready for today. You ready for today?" he asks her before they fist bump. 

The caption he wrote for the video was just as endearing. 

"I might be nervous and scared beyond words but I'll never let her see it," he wrote. "Let's get this done!" 


Still made headlines earlier this month after he was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals then re-signed to their practice squad so he wouldn't lose his medical coverage for his daughter's cancer treatments. 

Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare and sometimes fatal cancer, in June. Her surgery was at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Thursday. 

Afterward, Still posted an update on Instagram. 

"After a 5hr 50min surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from," he wrote. "Best news I've received in a long time." 

However, he later added, "my daughter is NOT cancer free. Today was a big step towards that but still a long road ahead." 

Still also started an online fundraising campaign for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

"Kids always look up to their parents," he wrote, "but in just a matter of a week all that reversed for me. I can honestly say I truly look up to my daughter now."


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