'A Blessing': Longhorns Ex Marquise Goodwin Embracing His Seahawks Opportunity – Sports Illustrated

New team, new number, new mindset. But former Texas Longhorns receiver and NFL veteran Marquise Goodwin isn't new to this.
"Yeah, it’s very similar," Goodwin said of the Seattle Seahawks offense. "Most of the offenses I have been in have been West Coast, so it’s similar.”
As Goodwin heads into this season with the Seahawks, he'll be joining former Longhorns like Quandre Diggs, Poona Ford, Michael Dickson, and Cade Brewer. Goodwin and Diggs were teammates at Texas for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. 
Since then, Goodwin has racked up 10 years of NFL experience under his belt as he suits up for his fourth different team. Learning the offense is the easy part.
But even though the 31-year-old has seen almost everything a veteran receiver can, he's undergoing the challenge of keeping his learning net open as he continues to catch ways to become a better, player, teammate, and person – all while taking nothing for granted.
“Signing with the Seahawks was definitely a blessing … They speak so highly of this organization, so to see it firsthand is truly eye-opening and I’m grateful that I get to experience it now," he said.
He's now returning to his home state of Texas for Seattle's third and final preseason game Friday against the Dallas Cowboys. The Seahawks will be entering an environment all too familiar and nostalgic for Goodwin, as he played at AT&T Stadium during his time with the Longhorns.
“Yeah, I was actually the first team to play in the new stadium at the Big 12 Championship in 2009 versus Nebraska," he said. "I haven’t since I’ve been a pro. Only in high school and college.”
It was Goodwin's freshman season and Texas fans remember that game all too well. The Horns won 13-12 in a defensive slugfest, as kicked Hunter Lawrence drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired to send Texas to the BCS National Championship against Alabama.
Goodwin had just two catches for four yards against the Cornhuskers, as Texas quarterback Colt McCoy tossed three interceptions. And even though the Longhorns would eventually lose against the Tide in the title game, Goodwin came through with three catches for 70 yards against Alabama to close out his freshman season.
In four years on the Forty Acres, Goodwin totaled 120 catches, 1,346 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns, along with 46 rushes for 405 yards and three scores.
Over a decade later, his newfound approach to the game is critical for a Seahawks team that is entering an era of uncertainty after longtime quarterback Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos this offseason. The franchise will now have a new starting quarterback for the first time in over a decade.
Either Geno Smith or Drew Lock will get the start opposite of Wilson and the Broncos in Week 1 on Monday Night Football. And until then, he knows it's his job to be at his best in order to make things go smoother.
“It’s a responsibility for me because I am a receiver," Goodwin said. "My role is to help the quarterback out. When he throws, I have to make the play. My role is just to know what I am supposed to do, know my assignment, and be detailed and deliberate in my approach to every day and every play.”
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This has all been part of the process of Goodwin's continued growth. Even though he's probably already been considered a veteran for a handful of years now, he's still learning exactly what that label entails for team success and his own development.
“I really take every minute that I can and try to find ways to get better, even if I am not on the field as opposed to when I was younger," Goodwin said. "I think I would probably rush off of the field or try to get to my phone, social media, or whatever it may be. I just got a lot more serious the older I got. I’m really appreciative of every rep and everything because it all counts. I realized that being older.”
Cliche as it may sound, it applies heavily to Goodwin. Every rep does count. In 2019, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve during his final season with the San Francisco 49ers with knee and foot issues that the team described as "chronic". 
And during his first year with the Niners in 2017, Goodwin suffered two concussions two months apart, bringing his total to five concussions in a 16-month span.
He still played 14 games during his only season with the Chicago Bears last year, but he's laser-focused on being in game shape ahead of the season.
“I’m in game form, just because I’ve been out doesn’t mean I’m not prepared to play," Goodwin said. "I was looking forward to being out there and at least being available to the team, but it is what it is with the injury. It’s just out of my control, so I’m just taking advantage of rehab and taking advantage of mental reps right now.” 
In 89 career NFL games, Goodwin has totaled 160 catches, 2,636 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns. The downfield speedster has averaged 16.5 yards per reception during his career.
Now as the third receiver behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Goodwin will look to satisfy the responsibilities that now rest on his shoulders as a valued veteran in the locker room.
And, of course, he'll be aiming to use his world-class track speed to blaze by defenders and win Seattle fans over in the process.
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