San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin paid tribute to his wife, Morgan, after a heartbreaking 48 hours in the couple’s lives.
“You’re looking at strength, courage, & resiliency all in one picture,” he captioned a photo Tuesday of Morgan, 24, on Instagram. “So many more words to describe my beautiful wife. I love you sweetheart.”
You’re looking at strength, courage, & resiliency all in one picture. So many more words to describe my beautiful wife. I love you sweetheart #WCE #SuperBlessed
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.
Morgan recounted for People magazine what it was like to see her husband catch an 83-yard touchdown pass against the Giants, only hours after they’d kissed their son goodbye in the hospital.
“It was very, very emotional watching him out there,” Morgan said. “Seeing him score the touchdown and watching him get emotional after the game. I was crying. It was an amazing moment, but it was also a very sad moment.”
Goodwin on Tuesday opened up to reporters (via ESPN.com) about the past days:
“Honest to God truth, the only reason I made it through the game is because of my faith in God. I mentally and physically was not prepared to play in the game — at all. I really didn’t even practice that week, I was just going through a lot. Just trying to get my body rested from the week before and the week before that. Coming into the game, I wasn’t really in it because I had just lost my baby. My wife, we prayed about it and I guess she felt that God moved her to allow me to go play and she encouraged me. She raised my spirits up and helped me get ready for the game.
“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. I think it speaks more about her character than mine because here she is, she could be holding me back, she could make me feel guilty about having to go and play football, which is just a game, in the grand scheme of things, and what we dealt with was a real-life situation, a death. Not only a death but a death to our infant child. So, situations like that, you only make it through that with your faith in God.”