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NFL Player On Field Hours After His Infant Son's Death

One member of the National Football League played a game on Sunday with a heavy heart.

According to the news site Uproxx, Marquise Goodwin announced after his San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Giants that his newborn son had died early that morning as a result of a medical condition. The wide receiver posted a photo of him holding the child’s tiny hand.

Referring to his wife, Goodwin wrote on Instagram: “I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself throughout this pregnancy. Unfortunately, we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4 a.m. 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.”

Despite the crushing grief he was feeling, Goodwin excelled on the field. After scoring on an 83-yard pass play, he fell on his knees, blew a kiss and pointed to the heavens as if telling his son that the touchdown had been for him. Teammates gathered around the player in solidarity. CBS Sports noted that the play put the 49ers ahead, 10-6.

It was not Goodwin’s only contribution to the team’s victory. By the time the first half ended, he had played a role in another touchdown by blocking an opponent to clear a path for teammate Garrett Celek. CSN Bay Area reported that immediately after the game, Goodwin left the stadium to rejoin his wife and other family members.

According to National Public Radio, Goodwin and his spouse have been together since they were members of the track teams at the University of Texas in Austin. Before her husband suited up for Sunday’s NFL contest, Morgan posted a picture of the player on Instagram. “Lord Jesus, give him strength as he steps out on that field today; that he may do extraordinary things in today’s game,” she wrote. “Amen. It’s GAME DAY!” She listed the hashtags #IGotChuBaby, #MyHubby, #ThankYouSoMuchBaby and #ILoveYou.”

Following the game, Goodwin-Snow posted another message stating: “This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. 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.”

Goodwin-Snow expressed her appreciation to everyone who had supported the family and offered their condolences. She described her pregnancy as having been “an amazing experience (which was) also a tragic experience,” adding: “But that’s OK because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us.”

In September, the Goodwins cheerfully announced the pregnancy on social media. They posted a picture of themselves kissing while displaying a sonogram image of the fetus.

Source: Uproxx, CBS Sports
Photo: YouTube

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