The sporting world witnessed the San Francisco 49ers winning their first game of the season on Sunday. But one play in particular was more emotional than others, involving a touchdown pass caught by a wide receiver who had recently suffered a devastating loss.
Marquise Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass that put the team ahead of the New York Giants halfway through the second quarter. The team eventually won the game, 31-21.
Following the long run into the endzone after the pass, and overcome with emotion, Goodwin fell to his knees, looked up to the sky, and collapsed to the ground, immediately surrounded by his teammates.
The thrill of catching a touchdown pass is enough to elicit strong emotions on its own. Yet Goodwin had another, more personal, reason for his reaction: He had just lost his son earlier that morning.
Goodwin’s wife, Morgan Goodwin-Snow, had a premature delivery at 4 a.m. that day, and their son died due to complications following the birth. Goodwin shared the sad news on his Instagram account, with an image of his son’s small hand holding the father’s finger.
I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through out this pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am. 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. ????
“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,” Goodwin said.
Goodwin-Snow congratulated her husband for his victory and awe-inspiring touchdown catch.
“Today, I had to deliver my precious baby boy early this morning due to preterm labor,” she wrote. “Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first 'W' of the season. He had a wonderful game today."
It’s impossible to put into words what the loss of a child means or feels like. Goodwin showed tremendous strength in his performance as a player, but also as a father and a husband. His teammates and family members are right to be proud of him.