Good­win hopes heart­break of los­ing son helps oth­ers

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

SANTA CLARA (AP) — The baby’s tiny left hand touches a sin­gle fin­ger on the hand of his fa­ther, 49ers wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win.

It’s a heart­break­ing photo shared by the player on In­sta­gram mak­ing pub­lic the sad news that he and wife Mor­gan had lost their baby early Sun­day.

Some­how, with his wife’s urg­ing and his faith car­ry­ing him through each minute, step and snap, Good­win played in San Fran­cisco’s first win of the sea­son only hours af­ter the death of his son be­cause of what Good­win called “com­pli­ca­tions” that led to pre­ma­turely

an un­ex­pected early de­liv­ery.

Af­ter the cou­ple prayed, Mor­gan talked him into tak­ing the field that af­ter­noon. And Good­win de­cided to share what he was go­ing through so no ques­tions sur­faced about what was wrong.

“I men­tally and phys­i­cally was not pre­pared to play in the game at all,” Good­win said on a con­fer­ence call Tues­day, speak­ing from home in Texas where he is with fam­ily dur­ing the team’s bye week. “I re­ally didn’t even prac­tice that week, I was just go­ing through a lot and just try­ing to get my body rested from the week be­fore and the week be­fore that. Com­ing in the game, I wasn’t re­ally in it, be­cause I had just lost my baby.”

Good­win caught an 83-yard touch­down pass from C.J. Beathard in the Nin­ers’ 31-21 vic­tory over the Gi­ants at Levi’s Sta­dium. When he scored in the sec­ond quar­ter, Good­win blew a kiss to the sky as he ap­proached the end zone, then went to his knees with hands held in prayer be­fore look­ing down at his up­raised palms with the foot­ball still tucked into his left fore­arm. Then he placed his head on the grass.

“All the pain that I was feel­ing at that time just came over me at once,” he said. “It wasn’t some­thing that was planned or any­thing. If that had been any­body who had to go through that if you had lost some­thing that you wanted more than any­thing, some­thing that you ex­pected be­cause you could see it with­out see­ing it, you would know how I felt in that sit­u­a­tion.”

He cred­ited Mor­gan’s strength with push­ing him out onto that field when she eas­ily could have said no.

“I guess she felt that God moved her to al­low me to go play and she en­cour­aged me. She raised my spir­its up and helped get ready for the game,” he said. “That’s what’s so cool about the sit­u­a­tion is my wife, how sup­port­ive she is and how en­cour­ag­ing she is, all th­ese great things that she does for me to help me go out there and play the way I did. I think it speaks more about her char­ac­ter than mine.”

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