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Marquise, Morgan Goodwin reveal they lost twin boys in pregnancy in November

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Marquise, Morgan Goodwin reveal they lost twin boys in pregnancy in November

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, revealed Wednesday that the couple again experienced tragedy during the football season with the loss of twin boys during pregnancy.

Goodwin left the team while on a road trip to Tampa Bay in November to return to the Bay Area for personal reasons. He did not play the following day against the Buccaneers or the following week against the Seattle Seahawks.

“We experienced another traumatic event in our lives that we had to overcome, and it was tough,” Marquise Goodwin said on their YouTube channel, GoodwinSZN.

Morgan Goodwin said the couple found out during training camp they were expecting twin boys. During the course of the pregnancy, she said she was in and out of the hospital and placed on bed rest.

While Marquise and his teammates were in Tampa for the game against the Buccaneers, Morgan’s condition worsened.

“I woke up at about 3 in the morning with some contractions that were really bad, and I rushed to the hospital,” she said. “They were so bad that my water broke.

“We’re just taking it day by day.”

Marquise added, “Taking it day to day, and just comforting each other and doing different things to keep our minds busy and keep each other busy.”

The Goodwin also experienced a loss during pregnancy during the 2017 football season. Marquise played in a game just hours later on Nov. 12, 2017, at Levi’s Stadium and caught a long touchdown pass to fuel the 49ers’ victory over the New York Giants for their first win of the season. The couple revealed later that day what they had been through.

When Marquise Goodwin reported back to the 49ers this year after missing two games, he politely declined to talk about the reason he was not with the team and asked for privacy for his family. He said he felt the love from the organization.

“I finally had the courage to open up and talk about it,” Morgan said, “because I really didn’t want to.”

Said Marquise, “She didn’t want to, but I think it’ll probably be good for us. It helped last time, just moving past it and finding our way. A lot of people reached out and that was cool. A lot of people sent us things last time. And it just helped to know how much we were loved by either people we’ve come in contact with and even people we haven’t physically met. Just to see how much you guys love and support us, we definitely appreciate that.”

49ers' Marquise Goodwin honors coach who 'helped save my life'

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49ers' Marquise Goodwin honors coach who 'helped save my life'

A woman sat outside the football field, intently watching the team get paced through an early season practice. When the workout concluded, she waited for an opportune time to approach the coach.

She proceeded to hand him a letter. All she asked was for him to read what she had written.

That is how Marquise Goodwin landed a spot on Richard McCroan’s seventh-grade football team at Coyle Middle School in Rowlett, Texas. And that was the beginning of a student-coach relationship that has greatly enriched both individuals.

“I grew up with no father, unfortunately,” Goodwin said. “But I’ve been fortunate to have men like coach McCroan in my life that cared so much about me and wanted to see me succeed. Having him around was awesome. Whether I needed to talk to him about guy stuff or school or sports or anything, he would always make sure I was taken care of.”

Goodwin chose to honor McCroan for the Fifth Annual Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards, in which some of the top Bay Area professional athletes celebrate the influence coaches had on their lives and their communities.

“Coach McCroan helped change my life. He helped save my life,” Goodwin said. “That’s why I’m honoring him.”

McCroan vividly recalls the circumstances surrounding his 2002 introduction to Goodwin, whose mother, Tamina, went to great lengths to help her son get involved in sports and get acclimated to a school in which he had no friends.

“It was a little bit of a quandary because we had already started practice, we’d already concluded our cuts," McCroan said. "We’d already gotten into the program and it was not usual to add a kid that late into the season.

“After I read the letter Marquise’s mother gave me, I knew they had been in some sort of duress and they had to move there for some bad reasons. And my first thought was, it wasn’t his fault. I found him and said, ‘Anybody whose mother loves you as much as she does, I’m going to let you play.’ ”

Goodwin is now a six-year NFL veteran who just concluded his second season as a wide receiver with the 49ers. He also won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump and competed in the London Olympics.

The road to dual-sport success has not been easy. Goodwin was raised by a single mom, and his sister, Deja, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. As Goodwin was growing up in Texas, the family moved repeatedly as part of the section 8 housing program. Last offseason, Goodwin bought a house for his mother and sister.

McCroan said he could immediately tell Goodwin was a unique individual -- both in his physical skills and the way he approached athletics. After one season with Goodwin at the middle school, McCroan took a job at Rowlett High School. He would coach Goodwin for all four years of high school.

“You definitely knew coach McCroan was in charge,” Goodwin said. “He’s not a yeller. He’s not going to come down hard on anybody. But he’s straight-forward. He tells you what you need to know, and you know exactly where he stands coming out of every situation.

“He’s meant a lot to me. He definitely opened up a lot of doors.”

When Goodwin earned a scholarship to the University of Texas, McCroan helped him move his belongings to Austin. In college, Goodwin thrived in football and track. The Buffalo Bills selected him in the third round of the 2013 draft.

“Marquise as an athlete has never been much on my mind,” McCroan said. “Marquise as a young man with class and character and dignity and handling himself right and having a vision for how he wanted to conduct himself, that’s what he and I have always been about.

“Marquise needs no validation as an athlete. Marquise needs validation as a young man. So that’s where I felt I could serve him best.”

Goodwin said McCroan instilled a work ethic to never take anything for granted.

“We were realistic,” he said. “He didn't gas me up and say, ‘Hey, son, you’re going to be in the NFL one day’ or ‘You’re going to be in the Olympics one day.’ He said, 'You have great potential to continue your career in football or track or whatever you decide. And you can be successful in anything you do.' ”

McCroan is proud of what that young man has overcome to become the person he is today.

Said McCroan, "Marquise is empathic to people. He nurtures people around him. He lifts people up around him. And that’s pretty tough for a guy to do who doesn’t have that same type of background as a youth."

The Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards presented by Levi’s will air Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

49ers-Rams injury report: Marquise Goodwin ruled out for season finale

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49ers-Rams injury report: Marquise Goodwin ruled out for season finale

The Los Angeles Rams will not have the services of one of the NFL’s top stars Sunday in the regular-season finale against the 49ers.

Rams running back Todd Gurley will miss his second straight game with knee inflammation. In 14 games this season, Gurley rushed for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns, while catching 59 passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns.

The Rams (12-3) would clinch a first-round playoff bye with a victory over the 49ers (4-11) on Sunday. If the 49ers beat the Rams, the Chicago Bears would earn a first-round bye as the No. 2 playoff seed, behind the New Orleans Saints, with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

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The 49ers will not have the services of four players: wide receivers Marquise Goodwin (calf) and Dante Pettis (knee), running back Matt Breida (ankle), and tight end Garrett Celek (concussion).

The 49ers activated wide receiver Steven Dunbar from the practice squad this week, and are expected to promote wide receiver Max McCaffrey to be available to play Sunday.

C.J. Anderson will start for Gurley. Anderson rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 20 rushing attempts in the Rams’ 31-9 win over Arizona last week.

Also, safety Lamarcus Joyner also will not play against the 49ers due to an ankle injury.

49ers injury report

Out
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
TE Garrett Celek (concussion)
WR Marquise Goodwin (calf)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)

Questionable
CB Tarvarius Moore (shoulder)

49ers practice report

FRIDAY
Did not practice
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (calf)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)

Limited practice
TE Garrett Celek (concussion)
C Erik Magnuson (hamstring)
CB Tarvarius Moore (shoulder)
LB Mark Nzeocha (groin)
G Mike Person (illness)
LB Malcolm Smith (Achilles)
CB K'Waun Williams (knee)

Full participation
DE Arik Armstead (hand),
C Weston Richburg (knee)
T Joe Staley (not injury related)

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Rams injury report

Out
RB Todd Gurley (knee)
S Lamarcus Joyner (ankle)

Questionable
RB Justin Davis (shoulder)
DT Ethan Westbrooks (illness)

Rams practice report

FRIDAY
Did not practice
RB Todd Gurley (knee)
S Lamarcus Joyner (ankle)
DT Ethan Westbrooks (illness)

Full participation
RB Justin Davis (shoulder)
LB Matt Longacre (illness)