NFL Star Marquise Goodwin to Sit Out of the 2020 Season — Here's Why
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.
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.
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ᴡʜʏ ɪ’ᴍ ᴏᴘᴛɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ 2020 ɴғʟ sᴇᴀsᴏɴ By Marquise Goodwin - husband, father, son, brother, football player @nfl . Before I get into the specifics, hear me out. It is truly a blessing and privilege to be able to play football, a game that I love so much and have been blessed to play since the age of 9. The NFL Organization provides my family and I with many opportunities that wouldn’t have presented itself in other industries. Traveling to several States multiple times a year and internationally to play on foreign soil has allowed me to gain an appreciation for different cultures and a wider world view perspective. The NFL Football organization has allowed me to create a platform I always dreamed of and it allows me to reach numerous people on different stages of life. Three years ago, I made a decision that affected my whole life. I chose to leave my wife at the hospital after prematurely birthing our first baby boy (due to incompetent cervix) which resulted in a fatality, to play in a football game. I felt like I had to prove to my coaches and new team that I was dedicated to winning and I wouldn’t let anything keep me from the goal, not even my family. The following year in the same month, same week, our lives took another traumatic turn. Two weeks after learning her abdominal cerclage was failing, my wife called me shortly after we landed and arrived to our team hotel in Tampa, Florida to inform me she was having painful contractions, and my grandma (who flew up to help take care of Morgan while I would go to work and away games) had to rush her to the emergency room. Here we are again in the same predicament as a year ago, except I was almost 3,000 miles away this time. Anxiety weighed heavily on me because I once again had to decide – will I choose to play a game again like everyone may expect me to, or do I go home and tend to my ailing wife? After much prayer and discussion, I told our team GM that I absolutely had to fly back and take care of my wife, in attempt to honor my wedding vows that I made to both her, myself, and God. He and the 49ers organization... [ᴛᴏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴄʟɪᴄᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪɴᴋ ɪɴ ᴍʏ ʙɪᴏ]
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.
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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