In 2017, even amid the heartbreak of losing his own child, Marquise Goodwin gave thanks to God for the gift of his wife and his life.
Now, two months after signing a three-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers, the 27-year-old wide receiver has blessed his mother and sister with their own gifts.
As he shared on Instagram this week, Goodwin used money from his new deal to purchase a house for his mom, Tamina, and sister, Deja, who is usually confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy.
I know mama… I can feel your energy in this video! All the obstacles WE have overcome… Man…I love you so much mama… thank you for EVERYTHING! Especially blessing me with a sis like my Deja!!! @mamaflashgoodwin_s 🙏🏾🙏🏾 #Blessed // Also huge s/o to @morganakamomo & our realtor @teamgiles_way for helping make this possible.
This comes less than a year after the former Olympic long jumper and Buffalo Bills target lost his son to a miscarriage. Given 2017’s George Halas Award as the player who best overcame adversity, Goodwin famously suited up for the Niners the same day of his family tragedy, praying and pointing to the sky after scoring a touchdown in what would ultimately be a career year for receptions (56) and receiving yards (962).
Goodwin has credited his faith in God for the strength to endure that trial alongside his wife, Morgan:
“Honest to God truth, the only reason I made it through the game is because of my faith in God,” he told ESPN at the time. “I mentally and physically was not prepared to play in the game — at all … My wife, we prayed about it and I guess she felt that God moved her to allow me to go play, and she encouraged me … So, situations like that, you only make it through that with your faith in God.”
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