Good­win in­sisted on play­ing af­ter tragedy

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SANTA CLARA (AP) — Kyle Shana­han would have un­der­stood if Mar­quise Good­win didn’t want to play against the Giants.

Shana­han, who’s been coach­ing in the NFL for 14 sea­sons, has seen play­ers lose loved ones in days lead­ing up to games and knows the men­tal weight it can carry. The 49ers coach was ready to let his speedy re­ceiver take time with his wife af­ter she pre­ma­turely gave birth to their son, who then died of com­pli­ca­tions early Sun­day morn­ing.

But Good­win de­cided to play, help­ing San Fran­cisco get its first win of the sea­son. He had an 83-yard touch­down re­cep­tion and threw a key block on an­other big scor­ing play, when he laid out a de­fen­sive back and al­lowed Gar­rett Celek to scam­per into the end zone.

Good­win later an­nounced his fam­ily’s loss on so­cial me­dia.

“By the time I was able to talk to Mar­quise, he was hurt­ing but he was adamant he wanted to play,” Shana­han said Mon­day. “For a guy to go through that, to have those emo­tions, to go the whole night be­fore and re­ally not sleep­ing very much and come out there and have some very piv­otal plays in that game, and make

a huge dif­fer­ence, it says a lot about the guy. Re­gard­less of whether he played good or bad, the fact that he was out there and try­ing his hard­est and try­ing to help was the most im­por­tant.”

Shana­han said he first knew about the sit­u­a­tion Satur­day morn­ing, when Good­win told him that his wife, Mor­gan, was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing com­pli­ca­tions with the preg­nancy. Shana­han al­lowed Good­win to be with her Satur­day night and then heard about the news Sun­day morn­ing.

“He was strug­gling with it for ob­vi­ous rea­sons and he de­cided to play, which we were very grate­ful for,” Shana­han said. “He did a hell of a job for his wife yes­ter­day, be­ing there for her and helped out his fam­ily from that as­pect. And also helped out his fam­ily here too. I think he helped out ev­ery side and was pretty im­pres­sive yes­ter­day.”

Good­win was clearly emo­tional while scor­ing the long touch­down Sun­day. He blew a kiss to­ward the sky as he crossed the goal line be­fore fall­ing to his knees in the end zone. Team­mates on the field, and some from the side­line, ran to lift him back to his feet and show sup­port.

On Celek’s touch­down catch, Good­win’s block of an in­com­ing de­fen­sive back knocked the wind out of him and he had to be tended to by train­ers.

“I thought he was hurt un­til I saw him smil­ing on the ground try­ing to breathe. But it was pretty neat and (I was) very happy for him. And I think you guys could see the whole team was too,” Shana­han said.

Good­win left the locker room Sun­day with­out speak­ing to re­porters to be with his fam­ily, the team said, be­fore the news later broke hours af­ter the game.

NOTES: Shana­han said S Adrian Col­bert frac­tured his thumb early in the game Sun­day and might re­quire surgery. The 49ers next play Nov. 26 against the Sea­hawks fol­low­ing their bye week, and Col­bert’s sta­tus is un­known. ... San Fran­cisco re­leased de­fen­sive line­man Tony McDaniel Mon­day, pre­sum­ably to open a ros­ter spot for Tank Car­ra­dine (an­kle) to re­turn from in­jured re­serve. Car­ra­dine is el­i­gi­ble to play against Seat­tle.

Photo by STU JOSSEY

San Fran­cisco 49ers re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win tries to break away from Dal­las Cow­boys de­fend­ers on Oct. 22.

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