In a story that reminds us there more important things in life than football, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin knelt in solemnity after an emotional touchdown that came just hours after the death of his infant son.
Midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants, Goodwin scored an impressive 83-yard touchdown bumping his team up to 10-6 lead, SFGate reports.
But Goodwin’s mind was elsewhere. Upon making the touchdown, the professional football player and former Olympic long jumper took a knee, made a sign of the cross, and then brought himself completely to the ground.
Following the game, Goodwin slipped away from the stadium quickly.
An Instagram post from Goodwin’s account written just hours before the 49ers-Giants game explains why.
The Goodwins’ son was born prematurely around 4am Sunday morning due to “complications.” The grieving father and his wife, Morgan, extended their thanks to those who had offered prayers on his family’s behalf.
Goodwin, whom teammates describe as the fastest man in the NFL, is a Christian who regularly shares Bible passages on his social media accounts.
Eric Reid, who plays safety for the 49ers, commended Goodwin for scoring 49ers’ longest touchdown pass since 2005 in the face of such overwhelming tragedy.
“I have so much respect for him, to come out here and still play, with the hurt that he had in his heart, and to ball out,” Reid said.
The one thing we lacked last season at WR was speed, well not anymore. We've signed FA WR Marquise Goodwin to a 2 yr contract. pic.twitter.com/Rnhc0jeITb
— RZ Texans (@RedZone_Texans) October 30, 2017
Despite the NFL’s alienation of much of its fan base over the highly covered national anthem protests, masses of people spoke out to support Goodwin and his wife in their moment of pain.
Mr Goodwin. I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I cannot imagine your pain, my heart aches learning about what happened. Thank you and your wife for your bravery! I will pray for you both and your family. God bless you, stay strong remember you are not alone.
— Dr. L.C. Rodriguez (@mexica_tiahui) November 13, 2017
Just read your story Marquise my condolences to you and your family my wife and I️ lost 2 babies and it’s a difficult time just know you’re not alone God will never abandon us and he doesn’t make mistakes God Bless you & your family!
— Ariel (@ariel_ace1) November 13, 2017
Thank you for being brave enough to tell your story. You are not alone! pic.twitter.com/UI2w8UMM3N
— Amanda Henry (@AmLee66) November 13, 2017
Sorry for your loss brother. I pray that God brings nothing but peace & strength through these times. God bless you & your family.
— (6-3)Ralph Ortega Jr (@boriqua_swagg87) November 13, 2017
One never knows when the Lord will call on one of his sheep to come home for a greater purpose. Prayers to you and yours.
— Stephen (@HamWrapdInBacon) November 13, 2017
I’m so sorry Marquise. My wife is 6 months pregnant and I can’t imagine and wouldn’t want to imagine what you just went through. I hope for you all to recover emotionally and may God bless you and your family in your future.
— CitizenJMD (@storyline77) November 13, 2017
I’m so sorry for your loss. I don’t watch football, but I still felt compelled to reach out. God bless you and strengthen you during this incredibly difficult time. ⭐️
— Quattro Bajeena (@SawtoothEKG) November 13, 2017
Despite the disagreements we may have over politics, there are times that call for putting differences aside and uniting over our common humanity.
Maybe we can all just get along.