Marquise Goodwin won’t play in 2020 season due to COVID-19

The Philadelphia Eagles receiving corps will now be without former Texas wideout Marquise Goodwin for the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 cautions.

The novel coronavirus pandemic is definitely altering plans for the upcoming college football and NFL seasons in a big way. For the first time, the actual news of NFL players sitting out the upcoming season dropped this week with the start of Training Camps around the league coming. And the first former member of the Texas Longhorns football program, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, announced that he would be foregoing the 2020 NFL season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Goodwin was looking at a potentially promising season this year after he was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Eagles last year. But this possible bounce back season for Goodwin will have to wait now, since he’s joining an ever-growing list of players choosing to sit out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On his Instagram page in a post from July 28, Goodwin explained his decision for missing the 2020 season. It seems like prioritizing family over football in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was the main theme behind this explanation in his Instagram post.

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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]

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All of this makes sense for Goodwin since all of the off-the-field family stuff he’s gone through in the last couple of years is well noted. Taking time with his family is something that many players are also prioritizing over playing through a COVID-19 NFL season.

What the Eagles will be missing out on this season is a player who registered 12 catches for 186 yards and one receiving touchdown. But Goodwin is a legit deep threat that is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL.

He missed much of the 2019 season due to injury issues, including the entire run through the playoffs to the Super Bowl for the Niners.

Moreover, the growing list of players opting out of the 2020 NFL season also includes Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Stephen Guidry, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess.

There is a complete list of the opt-outs for the 2020 NFL season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to Sporting News here. Goodwin is now one of more than a dozen NFL players to already have announced he’s sitting out of the season ahead.