NFL Star Marquise Goodwin to Sit Out of the 2020 Season — Here's Why

Gracious Egedegbe
Jul 31, 2020
09:30 P.M.

San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver Marquise Goodwin claps back at critical football fans who think he is stupid for opting out of the 2020 season to be with family amid COVID-19 concerns.


Marquise Goodwin has shown that he puts family above all else. The 29-year-old revealed in an emotional video shared on YouTube that he was officially opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Illustration of blood drawn to test for COVID-19. | Photo: Pixabay

Illustration of blood drawn to test for COVID-19. | Photo: Pixabay

His reasons for opting out centered on his family and his concerns about their well-being and his. However noble the decision might have been, many football fans thought the player was making a terrible mistake. He took to Twitter to address the critics with a message that read:

"I've gotten so many messages and @'s [sic] from 'concerned' fans telling me how stupid I am and that this COVID-19 isn't that serious…"

He concluded his message by saying that he could bet his bank account that there are about a hundred and fifty thousand people who had lost their lives due to the disease that would argue differently.


In an Instagram post that featured his YouTube video, Goodwin explained in detail why he chose to opt-out.


According to him, he was grateful to the NFA for providing him and his family with great opportunities and allowing him to create the platform he always wanted to connect with numerous people.

Although some fans might think otherwise, Goodwin has proven to be a great husband and father.

However, in 2017, the sportsman made a mistake he was hell-bent on correcting. In November of that year, he left his wife, Morgan in the hospital shortly after she delivered a stillborn to play in a football game.

He felt like he had to prove to his coaches and team members that nothing could get in the way of his determination, not even his family. The following year, November 2018, tragedy struck and Morgan was facing another pregnancy problem.


Goodwin was 3000 miles away with his team but at that moment, he knew he could not make the same decision he made the previous year and flew out to tend to his ailing wife.

She, unfortunately, suffered a miscarriage while carrying twin boys. Now two years since the last tragedy that struck their family, Goodwin has resolved to put his family first before anything else.

On the morning of February 19, 2020, Goodwin and his wife welcomed their first child together - a healthy, beautiful baby girl named Marae. The proud dad announced Marae's arrival on Twitter.

Although some fans might think otherwise, Goodwin has proved to be a great husband and father, understanding that being with his family is more important than being on the field.

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