It’s been an emotional few weeks for sports fans. First, in tribute to their still-recovering city, the Houston Astros won their first World Series championship ever. Then, the baseball world was rocked last week with the shocking death of former Phillies and Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay.
But this story might take the cake. Last night, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin scored a stunning 83-yard touchdown against the New York Giants. It was his first touchdown of the season, the longest play from scrimmage by a 49er this season, and helped the 49ers pick up their first win of the season. But it wasn’t the catch that had football fans (and any human with a heart) in tears of solidarity; yesterday, mere hours before the game, Goodwin and his wife Morgan lost their unborn son due to pregnancy complications. Morgan had delivered prematurely early Sunday morning. Goodwin shared the news in a devastating Instagram post last night.
Marquise Goodwin scored this emotional 83-yard touchdown just hours after he and his wife, Morgan, lost their newborn baby boy due to complications during pregnancy. (h/t @MaioccoNBCS) pic.twitter.com/zTrqhNBNQc
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) November 13, 2017
Goodwin was understandably and visibly emotional as he made the play, and as you can see in the video, blew a kiss to the sky before crossing the goal line. After scoring, he ended up on the ground, as his teammates ran to surround him in solidarity. I’m in awe of his fortitude and strength. To endure such an unimaginable loss and then go out and give your all in the game is one of the reasons sports are such an incredible part of our culture. You have to tip your cap to Marquise Goodwin for this; I sure as hell could never play through that kind of pain.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goodwin family at this time.
*Photo courtesy of USA Today