49ers re­ceiver Goodwin over­comes ad­ver­sity, wins Halas Award

The Welland Tribune - - Sports -

San Francisco 49ers wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Goodwin has won the 2018 Ge­orge Halas Award from the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball Writ­ers of Amer­ica.

The Halas Award is given to a Na­tional Foot­ball League player, coach or staff mem­ber who over­comes the most ad­ver­sity to suc­ceed. Goodwin had a ca­reer year on the field while deal­ing with fam­ily tragedies dur­ing the 2017 sea­son.

Goodwin was signed as an un­re­stricted free agent last year. His wife, Mor­gan, lost a pre­ma­ture baby boy due to com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing preg­nancy on Nov. 12. Hours later, he caught an 83-yard touch­down pass, the long­est by a 49ers player since 2014. He blew a kiss to the sky be­fore cross­ing the goal-line, and dropped to his knees in the end zone in prayer, over­come with emo­tion.

Goodwin also went through the loss of his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther in De­cem­ber, then was carted off the field af­ter be­ing in­jured in the sea­son fi­nale. He fin­ished with 56 re­cep­tions for 962 yards and two touch­downs, and was third in the NFL in re­cep­tion av­er­age at 17.2 yards.

He is the 50th Halas Award win­ner.

Other 2018 nom­i­nees were Charg­ers wide re­ceiver Keenan Allen, Ea­gles quar­ter­back Nick Foles, Gi­ants tackle Nate Solder and Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer.

GETTY IM­AGES FILE PHOTO

Mar­quise Goodwin (11) of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch on his way to an 83-yard touch­down against the New York Gi­ants dur­ing their NFL game at Levi’s Sta­dium Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov 12, 2017.

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