NFL star announces his baby's death in devastating message after game

Marquise Goodwin played with the heaviest of hearts on Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers receiver revealed that he and his wife, Morgan, lost their baby boy “due to some complications” in the early hours before his team’s game against the New York Giants.

In a devastating Instagram post with a picture of the baby’s hand holding a finger, Goodwin wrote that his wife gave birth to the boy prematurely after a difficult pregnancy. 

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I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through out this pregnancy. 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. 💙👣
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch on his way to against the New York Giants83-yard touchdown against the New York Giants during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks a tackle from Janoris Jenkins #20 of the New York Giants on his way to an 83-yard touchdown against the New York Giants during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) slips a tackle by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) after completing a catch for the touchdown during the regular season game between the New York Giants verses the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks a tackle from Janoris Jenkins #20 of the New York Giants on his way to an 83-yard touchdown against the New York Giants during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) kneels in the endzone after scoring a touchdown during the regular season game between the New York Giants verses the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) gives thanks for the touchdown during the regular season game between the New York Giants verses the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) runs past New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) for a touchdown during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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“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,” he wrote.

Goodwin took to his knees after an 83-yard touchdown reception during the 49ers’ 31-21 home victory over the New York Giants ― the team’s first win of the season ― but clearly his emotion transcended football.

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I have so much respect for him, to come out here and still play, with the hurt that he had in his heart, and to ball out,” 49ers safety Eric Reid told SFGate.com.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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