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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan lauds Marquise Goodwin: 'He was hurting'

Sporting News logo Sporting News 2017-11-14 Gabrielle McMillen

Kyle Shanahan talking on a cell phone © (Getty Images) Kyle Shanahan Kyle Shanahan had nothing but praise for Marquise Goodwin after his stellar game against the Giants on Sunday.

The 49ers receiver suffered the loss of his baby the night before, and the fact that he wanted to play really stood out to Shanahan.

"I know Marquise was hurting bad, real bad, and he will for a while and I know his wife will, too," the San Francisco coach said during his Monday press conference. "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."

Goodwin had the play of the game, snagging an 83-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard to aid in the Niners' first win of the season.

Goodwin sank to the ground in the end zone and let his emotions flow as his teammates rushed over and surrounded him.

"For a guy to go through that, to have those emotions, to go the whole night before not sleeping very much and then to come out there and have some very pivotal plays in that game and make a huge difference, it says a lot about the guy," Shanahan said. "And regardless of whether he played good or bad, the fact that he was out there and tried his hardest and tried to help us was the most important (thing)."

It was after the game that Goodwin took to Instagram to reveal that his wife delivered their stillborn son the night before just 19 weeks into her pregnancy. However, Goodwin arrived at the team facility hours after the delivery and said he needed to play.

"He was struggling with it for obvious reasons and he decided to play, which we were very grateful for," Shanahan said. "And I think he did a hell of a job for his wife (Sunday), being there for her and helped out his family from that aspect and also helped out his family here, too."

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