Devon Still is more than just a tackle for the Bengals. Still is also a father — and a good father at that. In honor of two emotional milestones relating to his daughter's cancer battle, the tackle got two tattoos of Leah Still's face on his body.
According to Still's tattoo artist, Dan Price, the defensive tackle just completed stage one of the enormous tattoo on his back. That image is one of the younger Still on his upper back. The next step will be even more detailed than that one.
Still has 40 more hours left of work on his back before Price is finished with a mash up of Leah Still and Disney characters. Price says Leah will be placed with the Magic Kingdom castle, Ariel from the Little Mermaid and Aladdin's lamp. The lamp is intended to signify Devon's wish for Leah's recovery. As of now she's in remission but dealing with complications from stem cell treatment.
In a couple of days it's going to be a year since my daughter was diagnosed with cancer so I decided to dedicate a back piece to her. Started with the portrait today and @danpricetattoo killed it! To be continued for the rest #LeahStrong
A photo posted by Devon Still (@man_of_still75) on May 30, 2015 at 6:47pm PDT
The tattoos have a lot of meaning for Price. The first one is supposed to mark the 1-year anniversary of his daughter's diagnosis. That is the completed tat. The Disney one is for Devon's favorite memory with his daughter when he went down to Disney World with her.
Back in September Still announced he wasn't able to give football 100 percent. That was only a few short months after his daughter's cancer diagnosis. Despite all that, Still was happy that the team stood by his side throughout the whole thing:
"They could have just washed their hands completely of it, say we don't care what's going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football, that's what they pay us to do," Still told Cincinatti.com.
"They said if I keep working on my physical with my injury and mentally prepared myself to focus on football, then they can move me back up to the roster, so I am not all the way out of the loop."
Since then Still returned to the playing field and is on the main roster.
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Passing time in the hospital by autographing books for people who purchased signed copies. If you haven't purchased your copy yet, go to IAMLEAHSTRONG.COM today! Thank you to those who already placed your order! #LeahStrong #BeatCancer #RaisingAwareness #SheLovesDoingAutographs LINK IN BIO!! A photo posted by Devon Still (@man_of_still75) on May 18, 2015 at 5:48pm PDT