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InSTILLing Values

Just a few months ago Devon Still wasn’t sure if he ever wanted to play football again. On June 2, 2014, Leah Still, Devon’s 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with pediatric cancer and doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival.

Head coach Marvin Lewis assured Still that his football family was there to help support him. The Bengals held fast in their support and signed him to their practice squad which enabled Still to keep his insurance which would help cover Leah’s medical expenses. Still was grateful for not only the insurance, but for the Bengals' support.

The Bengals then announced on Sept. 8 that it was donating all proceeds from sales of Still's number 75 jersey to pediatric cancer research.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton purchased 100 of those jerseys.

After four rounds of chemotherapy, Leah’s tumor has shrunk from a softball size to something small enough that a surgery is scheduled for Sept. 25 to remove it from her abdomen.

Ring of Honor

Longtime St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was announced on Wednesday evening as one of 15 first-year eligible Modern-Era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.

A week before the announcement, Warner was inducted to the Cardinals Ring of Honor during Week 2 of the 2014 season.

Only five other members of the Cardinals' franchise (#8 Larry Wilson; #40 Pat Tillman; #77 Stan Mauldin; #88 J.V. Cain; #99 Marshall Goldberg) have had their number retired in the team's 94-year NFL history.

Big Brother

Former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu made the decision to end his NFL career prematurely when he discovered his brother Chris needed a new kidney.

The brothers underwent a successful kidney transplant last month.

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