Football players often play through pain on the field. But that pain rarely involves the loss of a child.
Marquise Goodwin, wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and former Buffalo Bill, announced Sunday in an Instagram post that he and his wife lost their newborn baby earlier that morning due to complications during pregnancy.
“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," he said in the post.
He also asked for prayers for his family. But despite the difficult start to Sunday, Goodwin still had a football game to play.
Goodwin scored an 83-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the 49ers game against the New York Giants. He knelt down, crossed himself, then was surrounded by teammates in an emotional moment.
Today, 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin and his wife lost their unborn baby due to complications.
Later, he scored an emotional TD for his team. pic.twitter.com/Zfuv2uswAX
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 13, 2017
Goodwin played for the Bills from 2013 until 2016. He signed a two-year contract in March with the 49ers.
Current Bills tight end Logan Thomas experienced a similar loss in October when he and his wife lost their unborn daughter. Thomas played in the Bills' victory over the Raiders just days later.