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Pain of NFL player who saw newborn son die at 4am - before scoring most important touchdown of season hours later

Mirror logo Mirror 13/11/2017 Andrew Gilpin
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Despite a devastating family loss, brave San Francisco 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin did the hardest thing he's ever had to do on Sunday.

Just hours after having to watch his premature son slip away, Goodwin turned up to help inspire his lowly side to their first win of the NFL season.

And he was central to their best moment of their campaign with an amazing touchdown in a thrilling 31-21 win over the New York Giants.

He then blew a kiss to the sky before kneeling silently in prayer as his fellow players surrounded him.

Hours later Marquise posted a heartbreaking instagram image of his young son's tiny hand grasping his hand.

Under it he wrote: "I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for Morgan & myself through out this pregnancy.

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"Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am.

"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."

But even with such a heavy heart, Goodwin picked up a great 83-yard pass for the longest play the 49ers have come up with this season.

Goodwin wasn’t made available for interviews with the media after the game because of a personal matter - before revealing why.

The 26-year-old former US track and field star announced the pregnancy with his wife in September.

And after death he hailed his wife as 'courageous and resilient'.

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She then wrote on instagram: "This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, Struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb.

"Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first "W" of the season. He had a wonderful game today.

"This was truly and an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience," she added.

"But that's okay because we won't stop fighting and we won't give up on what God has in store for us,"

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