A career-best, 83-yard touchdown reception seemed small consolation for his dedication to the team.
Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, are spending the bye week in Texas with family and friends. He took time Tuesday to make sure his San Francisco-based friends and colleagues understood how much their support has helped.
"Morgan and I appreciate all the love we've gotten," Goodwin said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "We do have a lot of people that are following us through our journey. So we can maybe help people who've dealt with similar things that we have gone through or learn things from people who've been through our situation."
Goodwin insisted it was his wife's decision that he return to work only hours after the tragic ordeal.
His touchdown was followed by a touching ceremony in the end zone that somehow the team had planned even though he hadn't scored in any of the previous nine games.
"I just felt it was all God in that situation that I was able to score a touchdown and display all the pain that I was feeling at that time," he said. "To be able to score a touchdown and ultimately help my team get a win was just a great moment in my life and a moment I'll remember forever because I could've easily not been at the game and that never would've happened and nobody would've ever known about this story and we wouldn't be able to help ourselves and help other people along the way.
"I'm just grateful that I was able to play in the game and get a touchdown."