The San Francisco 49ers won their first game of the season on November 12, 2017, defeating the New York Giants 31-21. For 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, it was the definition of a bittersweet moment.
Fans were struck by Marquise’s reaction after he scored an 83-yard touchdown. The 26-year-old NFL player reached the end zone, then sank to his knees in prayer, blew a kiss to the sky, and bowed his head to the ground as his teammates rushed over to support him.
The emotional moment was explained a few hours after the game when Marquise shared his family’s sad news on Instagram.
Alongside a heartbreaking photo of his premature son’s hand on his finger, Marquise announced that he and his wife, Morgan Goodwin-Snow, had lost their baby:
“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.”
Morgan also took to Instagram to share a photo of their son and thank everyone who had supported them throughout the pregnancy.
“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,” she wrote. “This was truly and [sic] an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us. It’s just important for us to remember that things happen for a reason, even though we may question ourselves ‘why us.’ Our faith is strong.”
Our hearts are with Marquise and his wife during this difficult time.
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