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Marquise Goodwin: 'Morgan and I appreciate all the love we've gotten'

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Marquise Goodwin: 'Morgan and I appreciate all the love we've gotten'

Marquise Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, are back home in Texas surrounded by family and friends after experiencing the tragic loss of their unborn child early Sunday morning.

Goodwin took part Tuesday in a 15-minute conference call with reporters who cover the 49ers in order to tell his story and help others who might be going through the same anguish.

“Morgan and I appreciate all the love we’ve gotten,” Goodwin said.

“We do have a lot of people that are following us through our journey. So we can maybe help people who’ve dealt with similar things that we have gone through or learn things from people who’ve been through our situation.”

Goodwin, 26, revealed after the 49ers’ game on Sunday that their baby boy passed away due to complications during pregnancy. He said his wife wanted him to play in the game just hours later.

“Really, it was my wife’s decision,” Goodwin said. “I asked her if she would like me to stay with her and she insisted that I go play in the game because she felt like my team needed me.

“She knows how I feel about the game and what impact I may have on my teammates and the outcome of the games, so it was solely my wife’s decision.”

Goodwin had a huge impact on the 49ers’ first victory over the season, a 31-21 win over the Giants at Levi's Stadium. He caught an 83-yard touchdown catch in the first half. When he reached the end zone, Goodwin dropped to both knees as he was overcome with emotion.

“I just felt it was all God in that situation that I was able to score a touchdown and display all the pain that I was feeling at that time,” Goodwin said.

“To be able to score a touchdown and ultimately help my team get a win was just a great moment in my life and a moment I’ll remember forever because I could’ve easily not been at the game and that never would’ve happened and nobody would’ve ever known about this story and we wouldn’t be able to help ourselves and help others people along the way. I’m just grateful that I was able to play in the game and get a touchdown.”

Goodwin relayed a message of Faith and perseverance to anyone who has been touched by a similar tragedy.

“Never stop believing,” Goodwin said. “The reward will last longer than the pain. Just because something that you wanted your whole life didn’t quite worked out as you planned it to – a lot of times it’s not supposed to work out how you wanted it to. It will grow you as a person and make you better. And I know my wife and I will be better after this situation.

“Believe that God has a plan for everyone, no matter what the outcome is, as long as you pray to Him and be genuine because He knows when you’re genuine and when you’re not. Be straight up with Him. Maintain the faith. I think will turn around for you – well, I know things will turn around for you. Ultimately, you’ll always be victorious when it’s all is said and done.”

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns. 

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.