San Francisco Has A New Modern Hero In Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco Has A New Modern Hero In Marquise Goodwin

How the veteran Receiver overcame tragedy and found a new home through football.
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After losing 10 of their first 11 games, the San Francisco 49ers have managed to win three consecutive games. After acquiring Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots at the trade deadline, the 49ers have experienced a newfound sense of emotion, as well as a reason to strive for success. With the foundations in place for a new era of success in San Francisco, Garoppolo and the 49ers are trending more than ever upward and could experience sustained success in the years to come.

Even though Jimmy Garoppolo is at the forefront of the surging 49ers offense, Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin is proving to be the most important cog in the wheel for San Francisco. Goodwin has proved to be the most reliable target for Garoppolo over the past three weeks, as he has been able to accumulate the best three-game stretch of his career in the three games since Garoppolo took over the starting Quarterback duties for San Francisco.

Over the past three weeks, Goodwin has been able to set career highs in targets, routes, snaps, receptions, and yards per game. Although Goodwin has not been able to reach the end zone, he has proved himself to be one of Garoppolo’s high priority targets in scoring situations. While the tandem of Goodwin and Garoppolo still has a long way to go before they can be considered one of the top duos in the NFL, the cornerstones for success are in place, and the 49ers are virtually on the edge of a historic turnaround.

However, Marquise Goodwin’s journey to the NFL was neither normal nor usual. In the summer of 2012, Goodwin couldn’t be further away from an NFL field. In fact, his hiatus from football allowed him to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he represented Team USA in the long jump event, finishing tenth overall in the field of 40, and just 1.04 feet away from a Bronze medal. Following the London Games, Goodwin turned his attention towards his football career permanently as he returned to the University of Texas, leading the Longhorns to a championship over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl. Goodwin would be drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 78th overall pick in the 2013 draft, the following Spring.

After three years of mediocre stagnation in Buffalo, Goodwin was finally able to bloom with the 49ers, as San Francisco’s surging offense has helped elevate Goodwin to the national spotlight. However, Marquise Goodwin’s road to stardom has been laden with hardship and tragedy as the veteran receiver’s losses on the field could never compare to the losses he experienced off the field.

On November 11, just hours prior to the 49ers’ Week 10 matchup with the New York Giants, Goodwin lost his infant son due to complications during pregnancy. Only one month later, Goodwin’s father passed away prior to last Sunday’s contest with Tennessee. The 49ers won both games, while Goodwin set personal records for receptions and yards in both games.

Even through unthinkable tragedy, Marquise Goodwin has been able to carry the 49ers to victory in four of their last five games, and in the process, has become a modern hero for a team that now finds itself only a few steps away from true success.

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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