49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin wins the George Halas Award


49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin wins the George Halas Award

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was recognized nationally Wednesday morning for his breakout season while dealing with personal tragedy.

Goodwin was announced as the winner of the George Halas Award, which the Pro Football Writers of America gives to NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, dealt with the death of their baby boy from complications during pregnancy in October. Just hours later, Goodwin joined his teammates at Levi’s Stadium. His 83-yard touchdown reception led the 49ers to a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. It was the 49ers’ first victory of the season.

He left the stadium immediately following the game to rejoin his wife, and later reached out to reporters via a conference call during the bye week to speak at length about his family’s ordeal.

“We do have a lot of people that are following us through our journey,” Goodwin said. “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.”

In December, Goodwin’s biological father died. That week, Goodwin caught a career-high 10 passes for 114 yards in the 49ers’ 25-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

“It’s just been a lot, but I really didn’t let the outside negative energy affect how I play, how I approach this game or how I come to work each day,” Goodwin said. “I just kind of stayed positive and kept my mind fresh, and I relied on God to bring me through all of the situations that I’ve been through.”

Goodwin had a breakout season on the field, catching 56 passes for 962 yards and was a huge contributor to the 49ers’ season-ending five-game winning streak. He likely would have reached the 1,000-yard mark if not for a serious concussion he sustained in the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams.

Goodwin was also named the winner of the Len Eshmont Award. The honor is given annually to the 49ers player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous qualities of Eshmont, a former 49ers running back who died in 1957.

The 49ers rewarded Goodwin, 27, with a three year, $18.85 million contract extension in March.

Goodwin is the 50th Halas Award winner and the fifth 49ers player to win the award, joining Jimmy Johnson (1972), Joe Montana (1988 and ’94), Bryant Young (2000) and Garrison Hearst (2002).

Bay Area rapper E-40 drops 49ers-themed song before game vs. Seahawks

Bay Area rapper E-40 drops 49ers-themed song before game vs. Seahawks

You haven't made it until E-40 composes a song for you. Those are the unwritten rules.

The Bay Area native rapper recently released a song dedicated to the undefeated 49ers' streak titled "Niner Gang," and it's very catchy.

To start things off, you hear "Bang bang Niner gang," a few times over, then the love for the team shines through.  

Not only does the song highlight the history of the 49ers, but gives major props to the "the liveliest fans in the NFL:"

"I tried to told 'em we back & we never left and we got a heart, Levi's Stadium starting to feel like Candlestick Park ... "

The 49ers' Instagram account commented along with NFL veteran running back Reggie Bush -- both in favor of it.

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Yes, we have it stuck in our heads, too.

E-40 also came out with a Warriors' version of his "Choices" song when the Warriors were -- well, being the phenomenal team. It's quite the jam also.

Former 49ers great Charles Haley tackles mental illness in HEADSTRONG

Former 49ers great Charles Haley tackles mental illness in HEADSTRONG

Charles Haley is a five-time Super Bowl winner. He's a Hall of Famer and two-time All-Pro. He also is bipolar. 

Haley, who played eight seasons with the 49ers and has 100.5 career sacks, is a part of NBC Sports' documentary "HEADSTRONG: Mental Health and Sports." 

"I have a mental illness," Haley says in the documentary. "I'm bipolar. I am bipolar. Every day, I have to tell myself that I'm bipolar. And I have to tell myself, 'OK, you have to look at people in the mouth and listen,' because a lot of times when I was in that manic or depressed state, I only heard bits and pieces of what you said, and most of it was negative." 

For years, Haley didn't understand his mental illness. He didn't even know he had a mental illness. The former 49ers and Cowboys great had an uncontrollable rage that hurt his marriage, his first 49ers tenure and much more. 

But now, Haley is open about his mental illness and is tackling it head on. 

"Today, because I take my medicine, I am able to process information and make a decision before I act," Haley said. "I never had that. I would attack you before you would even open your mouth." 

Haley says "silence is a killer" and pushes for communication and today's players in the NFL to seek help. His battle with bipolar disease and openness with mental illness will be discussed during Monday night's edition of 49ers Pregame Live as well as 49ers Postgame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area before and after San Francisco plays the Seattle Seahawks on "Monday Night Football." 

You can watch all of the "HEADSTRONG: Mental Health and Sports" vignettes right here. The full documentary will be playing all month on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.

Check our channel listings page for times and dates.