Meet Devon Still

Husband | Father | Author | Positive Psychology Practitioner | Resiliency & Well-Being Expert | Keynote Speaker | Education Consultant | Podcast Host | Pediatric Cancer Advocate

Devon Still is an author, renowned speaker, top podcast host, coach, former NFL Professional Athlete, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a Penn State University All-American. Perhaps most importantly, Still is Leah’s dad, helping her publicly “beat up cancer” and embarking on a pediatric cancer-fighting journey that inspired the world.


As a presenter, Devon has the rare ability to capture the hearts and minds of an audience while delivering memorable speeches, filled with actionable insights that lead to individuals becoming *Playmakers in the game of life and business. Many of the most well-known organizations worldwide, ranging from the FBI, Proctor & Gamble, Chick Fil A, and Virgin, have chosen Devon for their most important events when they need a winning playbook to help their organization perform at the highest level possible.

Devon’s book, social media posts, podcast, and online university reach millions of people every year, making him a global phenomenon for helping people overcome adversity, thrive amid change, and develop a championship mindset.

*Someone who has the ability to change the course of their life at any given moment.

Devon’s Journey

A snapshot of Devon’s accolades speaks volumes about his purpose, his heart, his life’s mission – the 2015 Jimmy V Espy Award for Perseverance recipient, 2016 People Magazine’s Dad of the Year, 2017 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award for most successful alumni under 30, and 2019 American Icon Award recipient. He’s thrived amidst adversity and stayed in the game.
But how did Still land here, from the drug-infested, violent streets of Wilmington, Delaware, to become the first person in his family to graduate from college and be selected 53rd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Bengals? How did he lead the Penn State football family through the media-obsessed Jerry Sandusky scandal? By reaching deep within, harnessing his passion and perseverance, his grit, and refusing to watch life from the bench.
Devon has dodged adverse life events that almost sidelined his destiny. The middle child of divorced parents, he spiraled out of control and got caught up in the dream-stealing street scene early in life. But at age 13, Still’s father introduced him to football – the sport that would change his life and open his path to help others.

When his precious daughter Leah was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer in 2014 – two months after Still almost died from post-back surgery blood clots in his lungs – he miraculously returned to the football field wearing Leah’s message of hope during every game. Their fight impacted and inspired millions around the world. Now, through the Still Strong Foundation and Devon’s partnerships with socially conscious organizations, he has raised millions of dollars for families battling childhood cancer and is influencing the global cancer conversation.
Still’s natural football abilities and focus kept him fast-tracked collegiately and professionally. Injuries and life hurdles halted his on-field hustle but proved to strengthen his mental muscle. Returning time and again from seemingly career-ending injuries and life-altering circumstances, Still continuously steps onto life’s stage as a leader with renewed energy, determination, and a message to share.

“No matter what you’re going through, as long as you still have breath in your body, you’re still in the game. Your comeback starts now. It’s game time!”

– Devon Still –


I was given a chance at life.

Being born was all the validation I needed to know my life has purpose.

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Mama I made it

After feeling like my dreams of making it to the NFL was out of reach when I blew out my knee and broke my leg in back-to-back years at Penn State, I fought to make my childhood dream of playing in the NFL a reality.

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I hit rock bottom when my 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

My newly found faith was put to the test when I was told Leah had a 50% chance of surviving.

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I left my dream of playing in the NFL to follow my purpose.

Walking away from something I gave 14 years of my life to wasn’t easy. In fact, it was downright scary. But I embarked on a journey that impacts millions of lives all over the world.

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