We’re counting down the 25 best former Texas athletes still competing in their sport. Each day we’ll reveal a new athlete.
No. 22 Marquise Goodwin, football
An Olympian and football player, Marquise Goodwin follows in the same footsteps as Johnny “Lam” Jones and other two-sport stars at Texas. Goodwin arrived at Texas from Rowlett High School in 2009 already a standout track and field athlete, setting the national high school record for long jump at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On the football field, Goodwin caught 132 passes — 17 for touchdowns — for 1,709 yards. At Texas he played football from 2009-2012 and ran track his last three years. He won five Big 12 championships and was seven times named All-Big 12 in track. In football, Goodwin started 21 games, including the 2010 BCS National Championship Game against Alabama and finished his career with 116 catches, 1,296 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He was also a standout kick returner, using a 95-yard return against Texas A&M to seal a win in 2009:
Pro career: Goodwin made the 2012 USA Olympic team in 2012 and competed in the long jump, but while his qualifying jump just to make the team would have won gold at the Olympics, in the actual competition, he finished 10th. He left track to focus on his NFL career for three years before attempting to make the Olympic team in 2015. That same year he won silver in the long jump at the 2015 Pan Am Games. In 2016 he failed to qualify for the Olympic team.
Goodwin was selected by the Buffalo Bills in 2013 NFL Draft in the third round with the 78th overall pick. After playing four years in Buffalo and catching just 49 passes and six touchdowns, Goodwin signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and caught 56 passes for two touchdowns. The 49ers rewarded him with a $20.3 million, 3-year contract in March of 2018.
Why he’s here: Goodwin was No. 1 on Hookem.com’s 2017 Longhorns in the NFL rankings and he jumped up 14 spots to get there. Goodwin was by far the most productive Longhorn last year. You wonder had Goodwin received the quality quarterback play he seemed to have missed his entire pro career before the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco (and let’s face it, after having Colt McCoy at quarterback as a freshman, Goodwin’s quarterbacks at Texas weren’t great either), would his breakout year come even sooner? However, Goodwin had 20 catches in three seasons to start his career in Buffalo — injuries were a factor — which is why he’s not higher on the list.
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