Niners WR Marquise Goodwin explains decision to play after son's death

Marquise Goodwin of the San Francisco 49ers gets on his knees after scoring a touchdown Nov. 12 2017

Marquise Goodwin of the San Francisco 49ers gets on his knees after scoring a touchdown Nov. 12 2017

In the early morning hours last Sunday, Goodwin and his wife, Morgan Goodwin-Snow, suffered devastating news.

Beathard, like many of his teammates, did not find out Marquise and Morgan Goodwin lost their baby boy in the early morning on Sunday due to complications during pregnancy. His family suffering from great loss, Goodwin managed to play well despite that and aid Kyle Shanahan and company to the team's first win of the season. But it was pretty neat and (I was) very happy for him. I'm sure he got no sleep the night before and went out and played.

"By the time I was able to talk to Marquise, he was hurting but he was adamant he wanted to play", Shanahan said Monday. "I asked her if she would like me to stay with her and she insisted that I go play in the game because she felt like my team needed me. She raised my spirits up and helped get ready for the game", he said. "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".

"I think it speaks more about her character than mine", Goodwin added, per the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

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A third-round draft pick taken 78th overall by the Bills out of Texas in 2013, he's in his first season with the 49ers following four years in Buffalo after signing a two-year contract in March.

"It would have made it (out publicly) anyway so why not put it out there so I could kind of narrate my own story instead of letting somebody else do it or people have these assumptions", Goodwin said. As he entered the end zone, Goodwin dropped to his knees and looked up to the sky, and dropped his head again. Morgan and Marquise each chose to announce the birth and death of their child on Instagram with photos of Marquise Jr.'s tiny hand. "And regardless of whether he played good or bad, the fact that he was out there and tried his hardest and tried to help us was the most important [thing]". 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.

NOTES: San Francisco signed OL Cameron Hunt to the practice squad.

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