It was Sunday morning around 4 am according to the San Francisco’s 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin when his pregnant wife was taken to the hospital to prematurely deliver their baby.
On Monday the Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan said, “I know Marquise was hurting bad, real bad, and he will for a while and I know his wife will, too. I don’t know how sure he was right away. I think he was up alone throughout the night and then he got here… By the time I was able to talk to Marquise he was hurting but he was adamant he wanted to play, and that’s something as a coach you respect. You don’t want someone just to tell that to you because that’s what you want to hear as a coach. You want someone to tell you because they mean it. And you could tell ‘Quise meant it.”
After Marquise played an 83-yard touchdown catch from their rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard he dropped to his knees and hugged the ball. The niners won the game 31-21 against the New York Giants.
After the game, @marquisegoodwin posted a picture to his Twitter that showed us his baby’s hand next to his hand with the caption, “I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself though out this pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am. Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family.”
On Monday, Marquise’s wife Morgan posted a picture of their baby boy’s hand saying, “This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. However, God had other plans for us. Today, I had to deliver my precious baby boy early this morning due to preterm labor. Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first “W” of the season. He had a wonderful game today. ” appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us. This was truly and an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us. 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. I just ask that you let us mourn in peace and ask that you not try and call/blow our phone up. #RIPBabyGoodwin #PretermLabor#PregnancyLoss #StayingStrong”
Marquise’s wife was 19-weeks pregnant and told People Magazine Monday that she had complications throughout her pregnancy and the week before and their son, Marquise, Jr., was delivered stillborn at 3:52 am on Sunday.
After he got his wife’s “OK”, Marquise arrived to the stadium and met with Shanahan and the team Chaplain Earl Smith and a few other members of the staff and the decision to play was made from there.
“I think every individual is different,” Shanahan said. “Everyone reacts differently to that stuff, so I don’t think you can judge or expect anything. I’ve had some people who a death happen and they can’t see anyone and they have to go home right away, and you totally understand that and respect it. And then I’ve been around some people who that happens and they need to play the next day, they think that’s what someone would want and that’s very important and helps them. So, in my experience with stuff like that, is you can’t judge someone or really anticipate how anyone is going to act; you just try to support them and help them clearly make the best decision for them and their family.”
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