Devon Still Delivers Emotional Speech About Daughter Leah at 2015 ESPYs (VIDEO)
One of the most beautiful, emotional moments of last night’s 2015 ESPYs was the touching speech delivered by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still.
Still accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on behalf of his five-year-old daughter, Leah, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer. However, Leah went into remission in March 2015, and her fight has inspired millions. Upon accepting the award for Leah, Still struggled to hold back tears. He thanked the Cincinnati Bengals for their incredible support, “allowing me to be a father first and put football secondary, because you helped me save my father’s life.” He also thanked his fiance for her unwavering dedication, and pledging to give her the wedding of her dreams. “That don’t mean when we leave here tonight, you go back dreaming of some crazy stuff and throwing up the budget,” he joked. “But I got you.” He also thanked his parents for making him the father he is today, and, of course, thanking Leah for making him the man he is today.
“In the five years I’ve been with you, you’ve taught me more about life than I could ever do,” he said, closing with a touching video message from Leah herself. Watch the full video below, and be sure to bring tissues:
"We decided to not give up." Devon Still accepts Jimmy V Perseverance Award on behalf of daughter Leah. His speech: http://t.co/gg47240QwH
— ESPN (@espn) July 16, 2015
The Jimmy V Perseverance Award is given on behalf of The V Foundation, which was founded in memory of North Carolina State University basketball coach, Jim Valvano. It has been dedicated to saving lives and finding the cure for cancer since its inception, and it’s a worthy cause.
To donate, check out The V Foundation website.
And for more on the ESPYs, check out Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award!