Marquise Goodwin

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.”

Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

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Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

SANTA CLARA – The quarterback who delivered the pass that resulted in Marquise Goodwin’s emotion-packed touchdown did not know the sorrow with which his teammate was playing.

“I had no clue,” 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Beathard, like many of his teammates, did not find out Marquise and Morgan Goodwin lost their baby boy in the early morning on Sunday due to complications during pregnancy. Beathard learned about the tragedy after the game – a game in which Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass.

“That shows a lot about who he is,” Beathard said. “He’s a great dude. The night before – I didn’t even realize – he probably didn’t sleep. I’m sure he got no sleep the night before and went out and played. There are a lot of guys in that situation who would not have been able to do that. He showed a lot to us, the tough guy that he is.

“Our prayers have been with him and his family. I can’t even imagine going through that. He’s just a genuine dude, and it was awesome to have him have that big touchdown."

A clearly distraught Goodwin arrived at Levi’s Stadium 3 ½ hours before kickoff Sunday against the New York Giants and met with 49ers officials before deciding to play. The 49ers entered the game short-handed at the receiver position. Goodwin played 48 of the 49ers' 61 offensive snaps.

“I just met him up here and a few of us did and talked to him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He was struggling with it for obvious reasons. He decided to play, which we were very grateful for. I think he did a hell of a job for his wife being there for her and helped out his family from that aspect, and also helped out his family here, too. I think he helped out every side and was pretty impressive.”

Goodwin also provided a key block to clear the sideline for tight end Garrett Celek on a 47-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Earlier, everything came together on Goodwin’s long touchdown reception. His emotions poured out in the end zone as he fell to his knees in prayer.

“I think it meant a ton to him , and you see that when he crosses the goal line,” Beathard said. “It’s like he releases all the (emotion). It was an emotional moment for him. Now knowing what he went through the night before, I’m glad I was a part of that and the way that play worked out.”

49ers WR Marquise Goodwin played hours after family tragedy

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49ers WR Marquise Goodwin played hours after family tragedy

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin played a football game just hours after he and his wife, Morgan, lost their baby boy due to complications during pregnancy, he revealed on Sunday evening.

“(We) had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4 a.m.,” Goodwin wrote in a post on Instagram. “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.”

Goodwin somehow played Sunday and came through with an 83-yard touchdown reception. He also provided a huge block on tight end Garrett Celek’s 47-yard touchdown pass in the 49ers’ 31-21 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

After Goodwin caught the deep pass from C.J. Beathard and avoided the tackle attempt of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, he blew a kiss to the sky before crossing the goal line. Then, Goodwin showed his emotion as he dropped to his knees in prayer while in the end zone before his teammates rushed to congratulate him.

Goodwin left the Levi's Stadium locker room immediately after the game to be with his family.