An emotional Marquise Goodwin broke down after scoring a touchdown that helped lead the NFL's San Francisco 49ers to victory against the New York Giants on Nov. 12, just hours after his wife lost their baby in premature labor.
Many who didn't know the full story were taken aback by Goodwin's unusual display of emotion during the team's first win of the season.
After catching a perfect pass from 83 yards away, the wide receiver managed to shake off his opponents and run the ball through the end zone, blowing a kiss to the heavens before his legs cross the goal line. He then kneeled as if in prayer before collapsing onto the ground.
ESPN notes that directly after this, his teammates ran to his side, encircled him and helped him back up.
The Northern California team ended winning the game 31-21.
According to Goodwin's Instagram, he and his wife, Morgan, were at the hospital early that morning when pregnancy complications left Morgan prematurely delivering the boy.
"I just wanna thank those who've genuinely prayed for [Morgan] & myself through out this pregnancy," Goodwin posted on his social media page on Nov. 12. "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."
Morgan wrote on her Instagram that the whole week leading up to the tragedy took "an emotional toll" on the couple as they did everything they could to keep the baby.
"Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first 'W' of the season," she wrote. "He had a wonderful game today. I️ appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us. This was truly and an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that's okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won't give up on what God has in store for us."
She went on to request that friends, family and fans allow them space to "mourn in peace" and refrain from constantly calling or texting the grieving couple.
"It's just important for us to remember that things happen for a reason, even though we may question ourselves 'why us,'" she wrote. "Our faith is strong."