Good­win thank­ful for out­pour­ing of sup­port

Says wife, faith got him through game fol­low­ing baby tragedy

The Mercury News - - Sports - By Cam In­man cin­man@ ba­yare­anews­

SANTA CLARA >> Mar­quise Good­win cred­ited his wife, Mor­gan, and their faith in God for get­ting him through the 49ers’ game Sun­day, only hours af­ter the cou­ple lost their son due to preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tions.

“I men­tally and phys­i­cally was not pre­pared to go through the game at all,” Good­win said Tues­day in a con­fer­ence call with Bay Area me­dia. “I wasn’t re­ally in it be­cause I had just lost my baby.”

With great sor­row and deep emo­tion com­ing through in his words, Good­win thanked the out­pour­ing of sup­port he’s re­ceived, and he de­flected much of the praise to his wife.

“She felt God moved her for al­low­ing me to go play, and she en­cour­aged me, raised my spir­its and helped me get ready for the game,” Good­win added. “That’s what’s so cool about the sit­u­a­tion is my wife, how sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing she is. All these great things she does for me, to help me go play the way I did. It speaks more about her

char­ac­ter than mine.”

The Good­wins are spend­ing the 49ers bye week with fam­ily mem­bers in Texas, where he and his wife were Univer­sity of Texas track stars.

“There’s been a tremen­dous amount of sup­port from peo­ple of all dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties,” Good­win said. “Mor­gan and I ap­pre­ci­ate all the love that we’ve got­ten. Didn’t re­al­ize shar­ing our jour­ney with this baby would gain so many peo­ple.

“We do have a lot of peo­ple that are, I guess, fol­low­ing us through our jour­ney. So we can maybe help peo­ple who’ve dealt with sim­i­lar things that we have gone through or learn things from peo­ple who’ve been through our sit­u­a­tion.”

Good­win’s first touch­down catch of the sea­son, an 83-yard show­case in the se­cond quar­ter, helped spark the pre­vi­ously win­less 49ers to a 31-21 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing New York Giants.

In a sea­son where touch­down

cel­e­bra­tions are chore­ographed to hu­man­ize and glam­or­ize an em­bat­tled sport, none so far througout the NFL may have been more dra­matic or mean­ing­ful than Good­win’s, in which he knelt in the end zone and pointed the foot­ball sky­ward be­fore team­mates sur­rounded and helped lift him.

“I just felt like it was all God in that sit­u­a­tion (that) I was able to score a touch­down,” Good­win said. “And all the pain I was feel­ing at the time came over me at once.”

Good­win went straight from the hos­pi­tal Sun­day morn­ing to a team break­fast, where safety Eric Reid rec­og­nized some­thing was amiss with his friend, who was in sweats rather than his more typ­i­cal, fash­ion­able at­tire for a game. Good­win shared with Reid the tragic news, as well as fel­low wide re­ceivers and safety Adrian Col­bert, a cousin.

Coach Kyle Shana­han was kept abreast of the Good­wins’ pre-la­bor com­pli­ca­tions through­out Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ing.

“By the time I was able

to talk to Mar­quise, he was hurt­ing, but he was adamant he wanted to play,” Shana­han said Mon­day. “That’s some­thing as a coach you re­spect. You don’t want some­one just to tell it to you be­cause that’s what you want to hear as a coach. You want some­one to tell it to you be­cause they mean it. And you could tell ’Quise meant it. And he helped us out a lot.”

Quar­ter­back C.J. Beathard did not learn un­til af­ter the game about Good­win’s per­sonal tragedy.

“There are a lot of guys in that sit­u­a­tion who would not have been able to do that. He showed a lot to us, the tough guy that he is,” Beathard said Mon­day on The 49ers In­sider Pod­cast with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.

“Our prayers have been with him and his fam­ily,” Beathard added. “I can’t even imag­ine go­ing through that. He’s just a gen­uine dude, and it was awe­some to have him have that big touch­down.”

Good­win, who turns 27 on Sun­day, of­fered ad­vice on his call to oth­ers fac­ing per­sonal tragedies: “Never stop be­liev­ing.

The re­ward will last longer than the pain.”

In start­ing all 10 games this sea­son, Good­win al­ready has to­taled a ca­reer-high 500 yards on 23 re­cep­tions. He also had a ca­reer-long 18-yard run Sun­day and pro­vided a key block on Gar­rett Celek’s go-ahead touch­down re­cep­tion.

Good­win was among seven free agents the 49ers in­tro­duced on March 10. He signed a two-year, $6 mil­lion con­tract af­ter play­ing his first four sea­sons with the Buf­falo Bills.

• Col­bert had surgery Tues­day on his frac­tured thumb and is con­sid­ered ques­tion­able for the 49ers next game, Nov. 26 against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

The rookie safety played all 66 de­fen­sive snaps Sun­day de­spite sus­tain­ing his in­jury in the first quar­ter.

• Left tackle Joe Sta­ley is again the 49ers’ nom­i­nee for the Art Rooney Sports­man­ship Award.

For­mer team­mate Frank Gore won the award last sea­son, and this year’s other nom­i­nees in­clude ex-49ers Alex Smith (Kansas City) and Ver­non Davis (Wash­ing­ton).



Only hours af­ter his wife lost a baby due to preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tions Sun­day, 49ers WR Mar­quise Good­win catches a TD pass.

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