49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin hopes heartbreak of losing son can help others

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Marquise Goodwin, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver who scored an emotional touchdown in his team's first win of the season Sunday, just hours after he lost his baby due to a premature birth. "'I'll be okay.'" And he stunned both of them - and 49ers fans, most of whom knew nothing about the pregnancy or miscarriage - with his 83-yard touchdown.

"She felt God moved her for allowing me to go play, and she encouraged me, raised my spirits and helped me get ready for the game", Goodwin said via Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group.

But it was pretty neat and (I was) very happy for him.

Goodwin sank to the ground in the end zone and let his emotions flow as his teammates rushed over and surrounded him. "I said, 'Baby, just go out there and do your thing, '" she recalled. "We've met a lot of people that are following us through our journeys so we can maybe help people who have dealt with similar things that we have gone through or learn things from people who have been through our situation". All these great things she does for me, to help me go play the way I did.

"Honest to God truth, the only reason I made it through the game is because of my faith in God", Goodwin said Tuesday.

The photo is juxtaposed on Goodwin's feed alongside a video of him paying tribute to Marquise Jr. after scoring a touchdown in Sunday's game as well as a black and white photo of the baby's hand on a parent's finger. However, God had other plans for us. On one hand, the 1-9 Niners can use these final weeks to see what Garoppolo has to offer - a good chunk of evidence in determining what kind of contract the team wants to dish out for a player worth San Francisco's second-round NFL Draft pick.

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"I was looking forward to having someone to call our own - our own creation", she told People.

"We didn't realize that sharing our journey with this baby would gain this many people supporting us", he said, according to 95.7 The Game.

But Goodwin chose to play, helping San Francisco get its first win of the season.

"I felt joy in holding my baby even though it was a sad moment", Morgan said. "I was so amazed".

There are no words for a loss like this, but the Goodwins are handling it with truly wonderful grace.

"Never stop believing. The reward will last longer than the pain", Goodwin said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports. "That's what's so cool about the situation is my wife, how supportive and encouraging she is".