The San Francisco 49ers’ win on Sunday was marked by a player’s heartbreaking tribute to his baby who died too soon.
Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who scored a touchdown from an 83-yard pass in one of the biggest plays of the game, honored his baby son with a skyward kiss and what appeared to be a moment kneeling in prayer in the end zone, Yahoo Sports reports.
After the game, Goodwin revealed that he and his wife, Morgan, lost their very premature baby son early Sunday morning due to pregnancy complications.
Morgan Goodwin posted a photo of their son’s tiny hand Sunday on Instagram to mark his early death. She said they lost their son after she went into preterm labor in a failed struggle “to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb.”
Marquise said he scored the touchdown Sunday for his son.
According to the news report:
Goodwin had Giants’ corner Janoris Jenkins beat, and ran the last 20 or so yards to the end zone alone. Before he crossed the goal line, Goodwin blew a kiss skyward, and once he was in the end zone, he dropped to one knee, and then two.
He appeared to cross himself and then cradled the ball.
It was an emotional moment.
On Sunday night, Goodwin revealed just why he responded the way he did to his first touchdown as a member of the 49ers.
He explained: “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.”
Marquise’s post also included a photo of their son’s tiny hand against what appears to be his own.It is not clear how far along in the pregnancy their son was, but what is clear is that the Goodwins believe their son’s life was valuable. It did not matter how old he was or how long he lived, baby Goodwin’s life was precious and important.
I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through 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.