Leah Still is the precious daughter of Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still, who is known for her perseverance in the fight to “beat up cancer,” as she and her dad like to say. Devon Still accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night on his and Leah Still’s behalf, and he brought the award home to Leah.
The award is actually inscribed with both Devon and Leah Still’s names, but Devon insists it belongs solely to her daughter, for her determination in “beating up cancer.”
He shared a picture of Leah Still holding the ESPY via Instagram.
“This espy might have both of our names on it but this is Leah’s trophy! Like I said last night, what I do is easy, she has the hard job. Like a true fighter she showed true perseverance throughout her battle with cancer and I couldn’t be any prouder. #leahstrong,” he captioned the shot.
Leah Still was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer last year. Devon took a hiatus from football to stay by her side.
“She’s fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life,” he said at the time.
Still gave an emotional speech at the ESPYs on Wednesday in honor of his little girl. His speech was as emotional and impactful as that of Caitlyn Jenner, who received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
The ESPYs tugged at everyone’s heartstrings by awarding both Devon and Leah Still with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award earlier this week.
One look at Leah Still holding that trophy, and all involved know they definitely made the right decision.