San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who is grieving following the loss of his baby boy, credits his wife and faith in God for getting him through Sunday's win over the New York Giants. "'I'll be okay.'" And he stunned both of them - and 49ers fans, most of whom knew nothing about the pregnancy or miscarriage - with his 83-yard touchdown.
On his long touchdown catch, Goodwin blew a kiss to the sky before crossing the goal line and then knelt in the end zone to pray as the emotion poured out of him.
"It was very, very emotional watching him out there", Morgan said. "I said, 'Baby, just go out there and do your thing, '" she recalled. "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". My wife, we prayed about it and I guess she felt that God moved her to allow me to go play and she encouraged me.
"For a guy to go through that, to have those emotions, to go the whole night before not sleeping very much and then to come out there and have some very pivotal plays in that game and make a huge difference, it says a lot about the guy", Shanahan said. "She raised my spirits up and helped get ready for the game", he said.
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The Socceroos skipper wasn't done yet, and added another goal to his name with five minutes remaining. However his first, a deflected free-kick, was later awarded as an own goal.
Goodwin explained to NBCSports that it was his wife's decision that he play in the game that day. On one hand, the 1-9 Niners can use these final weeks to see what Garoppolo has to offer - a good chunk of evidence in determining what kind of contract the team wants to dish out for a player worth San Francisco's second-round NFL Draft pick. "However, God had other plans for us", Morgan wrote.
"It would have made it (out publicly) anyway so why not put it out there so I could kind of narrate my own story instead of letting somebody else do it or people have these assumptions", Goodwin said. "Seeing him score the touchdown and watching him get emotional after the game". "We didn't realize that sharing our journey with this baby would gain so many people [in support]". The 49ers have a bye week and don't have to return to practice until November 20. "I was so amazed. I was crying. It was an unbelievable moment, but it was also a very sad moment". "He looked exactly like his daddy". "That's what's so cool about the situation is my wife, how supportive and encouraging she is".
"Never stop believing", he said.