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


Goodwin went straight from the hospital Sunday morning to a team breakfast, where safety Eric Reid recognized something was amiss with his friend, who was in sweats rather than his more typical, fashionable attire for a game. Morgan and Marquise each chose to announce the birth and death of their child on Instagram with photos of Marquise Jr.'s tiny hand.

"I felt joy in holding my baby even though it was a sad moment", Morgan told PEOPLE.

In the midst of the highlight-reel touchdown catch and crushing block, Goodwin could also be seen kneeling over an injured Giant in prayer.

After the game, we learned, earlier that morning, Goodwin and his wife lost their baby boy due to complications surrounding his wife's pregnancy, which explains Goodwin's emotional reaction after the score. However, God had other plans for us.

"Morgan and I appreciate all the love we've gotten", Goodwin said. "This was truly and an wonderful experience and it was also a tragic experience", she wrote. You don't want someone just to tell that to you because that's what you want to hear as a coach.

"[Morgan] encouraged me, raised my spirits, helped me get ready". They married previous year and Morgan said the two would continue to try to have a baby.

"I just felt like it was all God", Goodwin said. I want to be a mother to four kids, five. "I was so amazed".

Marquise and Morgan met at the University of Texas where they both ran track. "He looked exactly like his daddy".

"By the time I was able to talk to Marquise, he was hurting but he was adamant he wanted to play", Shanahan said Monday. But Morgan encouraged him to go.

"So that's what's so cool about the situation is, my wife, how supportive she is and how encouraging she is, all these great things that she does for me to help me go out there and play the way that I did. He's just a genuine dude, and it was awesome to have him have that big touchdown".

After the tragedy, Marquise helped lead his team to victory against the Giants by catching an 83-yard touchdown pass.

For one, he said people knew Morgan was pregnant and that he wanted to "narrate my own story". "I was crying. It was an fantastic moment, but it was also a very sad moment".

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

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