Sometimes it’s about the bright lights, but sometimes it’s bigger than football.
Sunday afternoon, the New York Giants took on the San Francisco 49ers at home, and while his team earned its first win of the season, receiver Marquise Goodwin took a much bigger loss earlier in the day when his baby boy died due to pregnancy complications.
“Unfortunately, we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4 a.m. 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,” he wrote on Instagram.
But a bit of good news came for Goodwin during the game when he managed to catch a 83-yard touchdown pass from QB C.J. Beathard in the first quarter. The deep throw was easily the longest play the 49ers have seen this season. After breaking Janoris Jenkins’ tackle, he blew a kiss to the sky as he fled to the end zone, where he then got down on one knee. As he knelt in prayer, all of his teammates surrounded him, knowing exactly what he’s been going through.
The 49ers went on to record their first win of the season, and the Giants fell to 1-8. But outrunning the Giants defense wasn’t much of a feat for Goodwin. Before he laced up his cleats for the NFL, he competed in track and field and even made it to the 2012 Summer Olympics. He competed as a long jumper and a sprinter. The native Texan also competed in the 2015 Pan American Games, where he won a silver medal. He was a double varsity athlete in college where he played for the Longhorns football team and ran track and field.