Marquise Goodwin belongs to the unique list of players who have managed to participate in the Olympic Games and also have an American football career. The former Olympic athlete, who competed in the long jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London among numerous other international competitions, now makes her living in the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers.
Marquise Goodwin Biography
Marquise Goodwin was born on November 19, 1990, in Lubbock, Texas, two months premature but healthy. He was raised by his single mother, Tamina Goodwin, who was an outstanding athlete in her day, although certain life choices meant that she could not quite realize her dreams. However, the genes were successfully passed on to her son, who was already known at a young age for his ability to run fast.
Goodwin attended Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas, where he was a star for the athletics and football teams. With the athletics team, he won seven 5A State Athletics Championships in Texas, while in his high school football career he scored 132 receptions for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Prior to attending the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship, Goodwin participated in the 2008 World Junior Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and the 2008 and 2009 United States Junior Championships, where he took first place in the long jump in all competitions. As part of the Texas Longhorns athletics team from 2010 to 2012, Goodwin was four times All-American and twice NCAA champion in the long jump. He then represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he disappointingly finished 10th in the finals, despite having done much better in the trials and earlier rounds of the competition.
With the Texas Longhorns football team, for whom he played from 2009 to 2012, Goodwin, who was named a 2012 Campbell Trophy semifinalist, scored 116 receptions over 1,296 yards and 6 touchdowns, 45 over 341 yards and 44 kickoff returns over 985 yards, and a touchdown with a 22-yard punt return.
After graduating from college in 2013, Marquise Goodwin participated in the 2013 NFL Draft, where he was knocked out by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 78th round. He subsequently put a four-year contract with the team on paper and played a total of 12 games this season, with 17 receptions for 283 receptions.
The 2014 and 2015 seasons were a nightmare for the athlete, as he suffered numerous injuries to his ankle, ribs, and hamstring, as well as a concussion. In the 2014 season, he only managed 1 reception for 42 yards, and in the 2015 season 2 receptions for 24 yards. Things changed for the better in 2016 when his injury problems slowed down and he was able to score 29 receptions for 431 yards and 3 touchdowns. The turnaround was not good enough, however, as the Bills did not renew his contract and allowed him to move to the San Francisco 49ers, where he currently plays.
Family – Wife, Son
Marquise Goodwin is married to his college sweetheart, Morgan Goodwin-Snow. Born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 26, 1993, Mrs. Goodwin is an athlete like her husband and has represented the United States on the international stage in the past. She is a hurdler who specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles.
At the University of Texas at Austin, where she met her future husband, Mrs. Goodwin was All-American nine times. She then became the 2011 U.S. Junior Olympic Champion and the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Champion in the 100-meter hurdles. The following year, she won two gold medals at the 2012 World Junior Athletics Championships, followed by victories in 2013 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and 2015 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, where she won the 100-meter and 60-meter hurdles.
The couple, who changed their vows in February 2016, were well on their way to welcoming their first child, a son they had renamed Marquise Jr. on November 12, 2017, but Morgan suffered complications that led to premature birth and subsequent death.
Marquise Goodwin maintains a very good relationship with his mother Tamina and his sister Deja, who suffers from cerebral palsy. His father was not married to his mother and was not present in his children’s lives, so that Tamina, who earned her living as a cosmetologist, had to raise her children alone.
The family was in the news in August 2018 when the Wide Receiver, who recently signed a $20 million contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers, bought a house and gave it to the couple – his mother and sister.