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.”