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49ers’ Marquise Goodwin opens up on decision to play after infant son’s death

For The Win logo For The Win 11/14/2017 Andrew Joseph

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin revealed Sunday night that he played in Week 10's win against the Giants just hours after he and his wife, Morgan, lost their infant son. The baby died due to complications that led to a premature birth.

Goodwin made the tragic announcement on Instagram, and in the game, he scored an 83-yard touchdown before dropping to his knees for an emotional celebration.

On Tuesday, Goodwin spoke about the family tragedy, thanking everyone for the support over the past few days. He said via nbcsports.com:

"Morgan and I appreciate all the love we've gotten," Goodwin said.

"We do have a lot of people that are following us through our journey. So we can maybe help people who've dealt with similar things that we have gone through or learn things from people who've been through our situation."

Goodwin continued to reveal that his wife urged him to play in the game.

"Really, it was my wife's decision," Goodwin said. "I asked her if she would like me to stay with her and she insisted that I go play in the game because she felt like my team needed me.

"She knows how I feel about the game and what impact I may have on my teammates and the outcome of the games, so it was solely my wife's decision."

Read more from NBC Sports.

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