After a sleepless night caused by the devastating death of his baby boy, San Francisco 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin just wanted to play football. That was the message Goodwin delivered to Niners coach Kyle Shanahan and other members of the Niners staff after Goodwin's son was delivered stillborn in the early hours of Sunday morning. "I know Marquise was hurting bad, real bad, and he will for a while and I know his wife will, too," Shanahan said Monday afternoon. "I don't know how sure he was right away. I think he was up alone throughout the night and then he got here. ... By the time I was able to talk to Marquise he was hurting but he was adamant he wanted to play, and that's something as a coach you respect. You don't want someone just to tell that to you because that's what you want to hear as a coach. You want someone to tell it to you because they mean it. And you could tell 'Quise meant it." And play Goodwin did, corralling an 83-yard touchdown catch from rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard in the second quarter of San Francisco's 31-21 win against the New York Giants.
Kyle Shanahan: Marquise Goodwin's play after death of baby 'says a lot'
ESPN | Nov 14