49ers WR Goodwin plays hours after infant son's death, scores TD in team's first victory
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (WKRC/AP) - Football players play through pain-- both physical and emotional. And Marquis Goodwin proved that on Sunday.
The 49ers wide receiver and his wife, Morgan, lost their infant son on Sunday morning due to complications during the pregnancy. Goodwin posted an announcement on social media following the team's game later that day against the New York Giants.
"Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am," the 26-year-old Goodwin wrote.
"Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family."
So just hours after suffering a terrible loss, Goodwin connected on an 83-yard TD from QB C.J. Beathard to help San Francisco to its first win of the season in ten tries, 31-21.
As he reached the end zone, an emotional Goodwin blew a kiss to the sky then fell to his knees. His teammates surrounded him in comfort and celebration.
Morgan Goodwin-Snow had a post of her own in which she said, “This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. However, God had other plans for us."
“Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first ‘W’ of the season. He had a wonderful game today."
“I appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us. This was truly an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us."
"It’s just important for us to remember that things happen for a reason, even though we may question ourselves “why us.” Our faith is strong. I just ask that you let us mourn in peace and ask that you not try and call/blow our phone up. #RIPBabyGoodwin #PretermLabor #PregnancyLoss #StayingStrong"