The Speech You Can’t Miss

Devon Still on family, hope, faith and love

The speech that Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still gave last night at the ESPY Awards is having a big impact, bigger than anything Caitlin Jenner could have hoped to achieve at the event.

When Still starting sharing his heartfelt thoughts about his daughter Leah’s battle with cancer, the room went silent. Why? Because he took us back to basics. He reminded us of what matters. He talked about family and faith and hope and love. He took us away from the celebrity frou-frou and fuss in our culture and got back to bedrock values. He touched us.

“For every child out there that’s battling cancer … y’all are the real heroes,” Devon said. “Y’all never give up.” Watch this clip from his moving speech about his five-year-old girl and his hopes and dreams for her and his family and their future.

Click here to see Devon Still’s speech

And after you’ve watched that amazing talk, check out the day little Leah got out of the hospital.

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Maureen Mackey served as editor-in-chief and managing editor of LifeZette for nearly five years. Before that, she held senior editorial positions at major publications, helping The Fiscal Times win a MIN Award for Best New Site as managing editor and Reader's Digest win an American Society of Magazine Editors Award for General Excellence as book editor. Her work has appeared in Real Clear Politics, CNBC, A Fine Line, AARP Magazine, Yahoo Finance, MSN, Business Insider, and The Week, among other outlets. She is a member of the Newswomen's Club of New York and the American Legion Auxiliary.

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