Not since Jimmy Valvano gave his famous speech at the ESPY awards ceremony years ago has an athlete delivered such a touching address as Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still did last night.
“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up,” Valvano implored
And Still didn’t when his daughter Leah was diagnosed with cancer. It’s not that he didn’t want to. He said he wanted to climb into a bottle. But he didn’t, and the reason he didn’t is what makes a father a father.
“I couldn’t do it because every day I preached to my daughter that she couldn’t give up, that she couldn’t let this battle get the best of her,” he said. “And who was I to go try and find an escape through liquor, and she had no escape for her pain that she was going through. So I didn’t do it.”
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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