‘America’s daughter’ had a sweet night last night

In a perfect world, love alone would cure cancer.

Leah Still waves during a ceremony in the first half of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Leah, who is battling cancer, was watching her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, play for the first time. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Leah Still, 4, got to see her dad play football last night when the Cincinnati Bengals played the Cleveland Browns.

After the first quarter, the daughter of Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still was honored by the team and fans.

The Bengals announced a $1.3 million donation to Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Leah’s name, and the giant video screen played a montage of Leah and Devon set to the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.

Still the elder has been very public about their fight and his need to show strength for her.

“I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster,” he said afterward. “Seeing my daughter in the pregame with all the excitement and then seeing her on the field receiving the check and just seeing the joy in her face, I was just so proud of the perseverance she showed to raise that money.”

Still was cut from the team this fall so he could devote his energy to his daughter, then the team signed him to the practice squad so he’d have insurance coverage to help pay for it all.

The stadium chanted “Leah, Leah,” as her grandmother carried her off the field. She reportedly “became emotional” once away from the glare.

“Because everybody loves you,” her grandmother said to her.

  • John O.

    He’s on the 53-man roster now.