The true mark of a professional is when one can overcome their own personal grief to get the job done.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin demonstrated a truly incredible work ethic when he suited up to play in an NFL game against the New York Giants at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, California. In spite of the fact that Marquise was nursing an emotional wound that would sideline many other players, he went out on the field and played his best.
After catching an 83-yard touchdown, Marquise blew a kiss to the sky as he ran into the end zone. He then knelt on the field, made the sign of the cross, and collapsed. But it’s what happened next that has the world enraptured.
Seconds after, several of Marquise’s teammates circled around him to offer their silent support.
Later that day, Marquise explained the reason for his emotional moment on the field.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post, the former Olympian shared that his wife Morgan had suffered a miscarriage due to pregnancy complications, just hours before the game’s scheduled kickoff.
I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself throughout 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.
Marquise’s wife Morgan Goodwin also shared her thoughts on Instagram,
This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, Struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. However, God had other plans for us. Today, I had to deliver my precious baby boy early this morning due to preterm labor. 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. I️ appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us.
We’re sure Marquise’s fans will keep his sweet baby in their hearts after learning about the family’s tragic loss. Watch Marquise’s poignant moment below, and be sure to share this story to inspire others to spread the love.
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