San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin credited his wife for giving him the emotional strength to play in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants just hours after the birth of his still-born son.
Speaking to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano on Up to the Minute Live, Goodwin discussed the mix of emotions he experienced during the game and the strength his wife, Morgan, showed following the tragedy.
Goodwin scored on an 83-yard touchdown pass during the 49ers’ 31-21 victory — the team’s first win of the season — and said the touchdown helped him realize how much he had to be thankful for, even in the wake of such a devastating personal loss.
“When I was on my knees, I was just thanking God for the opportunity, thanking him for allowing me to showcase my sentiments on the situation,” said Goodwin, who blew a kiss to the sky and fell to his knees after the touchdown.
Goodwin, who said he didn’t tell his teammates of his son’s death until after the game, thanked the 49ers for helping him and his family get through the loss of his son.