On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin drew condolences from across the country when, after scoring a touchdown, he dropped to his knees in tribute to the son he lost from complications of premature birth only hours earlier.
After making an 83-yard touchdown to help his team beat the New York Giants 31-21, Goodwin sunk to his knees, blew a kiss to the sky, and then appeared to offer a short prayer all in memory of his first son, the Daily Mail reported.
After the game, Goodwin and his wife both posted social media notices of their loss with the player’s post featuring a touching photo of his child’s tiny hand touching his father’s finger.
“I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself throughout this pregnancy,” Goodwin wrote on his Instagram account.
“Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4 am,” the 49er continued.
“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,” Goodwin concluded.
Morgan, who Marquise met at the University of Texas, added in a post of her own that the loss was draining both of them.
“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,” she wrote on Sunday after losing her child after a five-month pregnancy.
“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,” she explained.
Morgan went on to thank friends and supporters for their prayers and noted that she and Marquise “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,” the grieving mother concluded.
This would have been the couple’s first child together.
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