During the San Francisco 49ers’ game on Sunday, Marquise Goodwin scored a touchdown. His touchdown put the 49ers ahead of the New York Giants, but that’s not why the wide receiver became extremely emotional as he fell to his knees in the end zone.
Following the game Goodwin shared that he and his wife, Morgan Goodwin-Snow, lost their baby “due to some complications.”
In September the couple announced on Instagram that they were expecting.
Guess what!? We have been keeping a secret from you guys! We are so excited to announce the awesome news! WE ARE PREGNANT! 🙋🏾+🙋🏾♂️=🤰🏾👶🏾 Words can't describe the moment when we found out. For me, it was the best birthday gift ever. We're going to be parents! Thank you Lord for blessing us with this incredible experience and bundle of joy. #SoGrateful Omg 😁😁😁😁 #MomToBe #BabyBump #IssaBaby #GoodByeFirstTrimester #HelloSecondTrimester #CantWaitToFindOutTheGender 💙💗#ProudMommyAndDaddy #BabyGoodwin2018 #ComingIn2018
On Sunday as Goodwin neared the end zone he blew a kiss to the sky and then got down on his knees to pray after scoring the touchdown. At the time no one but his teammates knew the reason for his extremely emotional reaction.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 12, 2017
“I have so much respect for him, to come out here and still play, with the hurt that he had in his heart, and to ball out,” Eric Reid, a safety for the 49ers, told SFGate.
After the 49ers’ win Goodwin and his wife shared photos of their son.
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. 💙👣
Marquise and his wife both shared devastating photos of their son and thanked those who kept the couple in their prayers while Morgan was pregnant.
According to Marquise’s Instagram, “due to some complications” Morgan had to prematurely deliver their baby boy around 4 a.m. on Sunday, the day of the 49ers’ game.
“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,” he wrote. “The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable.”
Morgan also shared a photo and praised her husband for his playing only hours after they lost their son.
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. I️ 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
Once fans realized why Marquise became emotional after scoring a touchdown, many took to social media to commend him and offer their condolences.
I know you don't know me, but I am a diehard giant fan. But after I heard of your loss all I can say is it's just a game and god bless you and your wife. I can't know your pain but I pray that you and your wife help each other through this.
— Raoul Colon (@RaoulColon1) November 13, 2017
Praying for Marquise and Morgan for an unthinkable loss. #FootballFamily
— That Seahawk Gal (@Teresa4ever12) November 14, 2017
“This was truly an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience,” Morgan wrote on her Instagram. “But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us.”