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Only Devon Still Until Penn State Football

Just 71 more days until kickoff!

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Devon Still was a senior captain of the 2011 Penn State football team, a team whose on-field success is often overlooked amidst the shadow of the scandal.  Devon anchored a defensive line that included Jordan Hill, Eric Latimore, and DaQuan Jones, leading another stout Penn State defense.

Still redshirted his first season, and was primed to begin his career in 2008 when he suffered a preseason injury.  He managed to battle back and play in the season finale against Michigan State.  He became a regular part of the defensive line rotation, and continued to work his way up the depth chart.  In 2011, Devon recorded 113 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks, as well as defending a pass and forcing a fumble.

As a result of his stellar season, Still was named first-team All Big Ten, the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the year - just the second defensive tackle to earn the award, after Penn State's own Jared Odrick - as well as being named a consensus All-American. He was also named a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Awards.

Devon was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, 53rd overall, by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played 2 seasons. In June 2014, it was announced that Still's daughter, Leah, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, and began treatment. In August 2015, Devon was cut from the Bengals' roster, but was re-signed to the practice squad to help him pay for his daughter's treatment. In March 2015, it was announced that Leah Still was cancer-free, and by November 2015, her cancer had fully gone into remission. Devon and Leah received the Jimmy V. Award at the 2015 ESPY awards for their fortitude and persistence.

In January 2016, the Houston Texans signed Still to a reserve future contract, heading into the 2016 NFL season.

Only 71 days to go!