Still played in 12 games in 2014, his third year with Bengals and in NFL ... Had a key tackle in win at Houston ... Has played in 30 games since joining Cincinnati as a 2012 draft selection.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2012 NFL Draft (53rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-12-12 ... Contract terminated by Bengals on 8-30-14 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 8-31-14 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 9-10-14 ... Re-signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on 3-19-15.
2014 highlights: Waived in final preseason roster cuts, he opened regular season on practice squad but was signed to roster prior to Game 2 ... Played in line rotation in Games 2-9 and 11-14, with 19 tackles ... Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 10, 15-16 and the Wild Card playoff ... Three tackles on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Two tackles on Sept 21 vs. Tennessee and on Oct. 5 at New England ... Three tackles on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore and Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... On Nov. 23 at Houston, stopped RB Alfred Blue for one-yard gain on second-and-goal play from Cincinnati eight in third quarter, helping lead to Texans settling for FG and 16-13 deficit.
Ed Block winner, for Leah: The Bengals named Still as the recipient of their 2014 Ed Block Courage Award, which goes annually to a player “demonstrating commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage.” Still had his world shaken prior to the ’14 season, when his four-year old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pediatric cancer. Still responded to the life-changing news with an ongoing effort to raise public awareness of the struggles faced by all families struck by pediatric cancer. The Bengals partnered in the effort for the benefit of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. There was tremendous national and even worldwide response to sales of Still’s No. 75 jersey —- with nearly 15,000 ordered — and more than $1.3 million from the sales was donated to Cincinnati Children’s for pediatric cancer research. Paul Sparling, Bengals head athletic trainer, said, “The manner in which Devon stepped up has helped literally thousands of other families suffering with pediatric cancer in their family as well.”
Previous seasons: 2012—Rookie played in Games 1-8, totaling 20 tackles with a shared sack and a forced fumble ... Inactive for Games 9-16 and for Wild Card playoff, losing playing time to veteran linemen back from injuries ... Two tackles in NFL debut Sept. 10 at Baltimore ... Two tackles Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, and had shared sack and forced fumble against Ben Roethlisberger in second quarter, with Bengals recovering at Steelers’ eight to set up TD on next play ... Personal season-best of seven tackles Nov. 4 vs. Denver. 2013—Played in the defensive line rotation in 10 games (Games 1-7 and 12-14) ... Missed four games due to an elbow injury suffered on Oct. 20 at Detroit, and then missed the final two regular-season games after suffering a herniated disc in practice on Dec. 18 ... Placed on the Reserve/Injured list prior to the Bengals’ Wild Card Playoff vs. San Diego... Recorded eight tackles, three passes defensed and two QB pressures ... Had two tackles on Oct. 20 at Detroit before leaving the game due to an elbow injury ... Returned to action on Dec. 1 at San Diego and logged one pass defensed ... Had a personal season-high of four tackles Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh.
College: Played four years (2008-11) at Penn State, preceded by redshirt year in ’07 ... Rated an elite playmaker among interior defensive linemen, he was a first-team Associated Press All-American in 2011 and also was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year ... After senior season, was the only defensive player among the three finalists for the 2011 Outland Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top offensive or interior defensive lineman (the award went to Alabama OT Barrett Jones) ... Had 8.5 sacks and 27 tackles-for-loss during his final two seasons ... Started career slowly due to two serious injuries (ACL tear in ’07 and ankle fracture in ’08), but broke out with fine junior season and topped it with much better senior year ... As a senior, became first Penn State player since DE Courtney Brown in 1999 to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors from both coaches and media, leading Big Ten’s top scoring defense (16.8).
Personal: Born in Camden, N.J., but hometown is Wilmington, Del. ... Attended Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, where he played on the offensive line as well as the defensive line as both a junior and senior, earning all-state honors at both positions ... Also a member of the prep basketball and track teams ... Graduated from Penn State in December 2011 with a degree in crime, law and justice ... Hobbies include drawing ... Is a cousin of two former All-Pro NFL players, DE Art Still (Kansas City) and LB Levon Kirkland (Pittsburgh) ... First name is pronounced “DEV-un.”
Devon Still and the Cincinnati Bengals were presented with the Everyday Freedom Hero award for their work in raising awareness for pediatric cancer. The award was presented at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
The Bengals and Devon Still were awarded the Everyday Freedom Hero Award for raising awareness of pediatric cancer through Still jerseys. This is his interview with the media following his acceptance of the award.
Devon Still visited the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in late October to hand out jerseys and speak with pediatric cancer patients and parents. You can make a donation to support pediatric cancer research at www.pldgit.com/prayforleah.