Many children love to show their appreciation to parents for all they have done for them. Flowers on Mother’s Day, perhaps a dinner to celebrate Dad’s birthday, or in many other small but touching ways. This young man was given an opportunity in life that paid big rewards, and he set about repaying his family in the best possible way.
Star player Marquise Goodwin is a wide receiver and kick returner for the San Francisco 49ers. Goodwin is a former Olympian long-jumper. The San Francisco 49ers have recently rewarded him with a three-year US$20 million contract. What would you do if you had that kind of fortune in your life?
Nothing has come easily for Goodwin and his family. His younger sister, Deja, has cerebral palsy and was never expected to live more than six months, according to ESPN. Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, had just been through the agony of losing their son due to a miscarriage, and then a month later his father died. He says his mom, Tamina, has been strong all through his life and gave him the strength to strive and succeed in the face of adversity.
This fine young man’s first thought was to give his mom and sister a home of their own—so he set up a plan to surprise them with that very thing.
Goodwin guided them through their new driveway, and when the moment came for Tamina and Deja to remove the blindfolds, their delight and heartfelt emotions knew no bounds upon seeing their new home.
Goodwin’s mom had been a great support throughout his life in guiding his athletic and sporting endeavors, and now it was his turn to show his gratitude.
His mom was overcome with emotion as she walked up the red carpet to the front door of their new home.
Goodwin expressed his pure joy in his video caption: “I know mama… I can feel your energy in this video! All the obstacles WE have overcome… Man…I love you so much mama… thank you for EVERYTHING! Especially blessing me with a sis like my Deja!!!”
Goodwin’s sister is a source of inspiration to him. He told ESPN: “If Deja wasn’t my sister, I feel like I would still be motivated but not in the way that I am today. Having a disabled sister, that’s a lot more motivation, especially when she tells you growing up that she wishes she can be out there with the kids playing and she wishes she can be out there running around.”
“When I die, I hope that everyone’s biggest memory of me is NOT that I was a professional athlete…” Goodwin wrote on his Twitter page.
That is sure to be the case for this doting son and an upright young man.
Watch the touching moment below:
Parents tell kids of a surprise. When they see what it is—they couldn’t stop crying