The San Francisco 49ers got their first win under first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday, beating the hapless New York Giants, 31-21.
One of the biggest plays of the day for the 49ers was the second-quarter, 83-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Marquise Goodwin.
Goodwin had Giants’ corner Janoris Jenkins beat, and ran the last 20 or so yards to the end zone alone. Before he crossed the goal line, Goodwin blew a kiss skyward, and once he was in the end zone, he dropped to one knee, and then two.
He appeared to cross himself and then cradled the ball.
It was an emotional moment.
On Sunday night, Goodwin revealed just why he responded the way he did to his first touchdown as a member of the 49ers.
The 26-year-old posted this heartbreaking photo on Instagram:
I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through out this pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am. 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.
A post shared by Marquise Goodwin (@marquisegoodwin) on Nov 12, 2017 at 6:06pm PST
He wrote, in part, that he and his wife, Morgan, lost their baby on Sunday morning, around 4 a.m. due to complications; he had to be delivered prematurely.
“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,” Goodwin wrote. “The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelieveable.”
Goodwin is one of the fastest players in the NFL, a great sprinter and member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team; he was one of three men’s long jumpers representing the country. Morgan Goodwin, nee Snow, is an accomplished athlete in her own right. At the University of Texas, where the two met, she was a nine-time All-American hurdler and sprinter, and was the 2012 World Junior Champion in the 100-meter hurdles.
Morgan revealed the couple were expecting in mid-September, writing at the time that she was in her second trimester and the baby was due in 2018, though her exact due date was unclear.
Either way, it’s almost unimaginable that Marquise was on the field on Sunday, just hours after the couple’s tragedy.
Goodwin is the second NFL player in the past few weeks to lose a baby prematurely. Buffalo’s Logan Thomas and his wife also suffered a similar loss in October.
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