Two weeks before wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won the 49ers’ Garry Niver Award for cooperation and professionalism with the media, I got the feeling he wanted to punch me.
This was during a one-on-one interview at Goodwin’s locker.
“You’re having a big growth season,” I said to him. “Some people feel you stepped up after Pierre Garcon went down, and you have a good relationship with Jimmy Garoppolo. Would you consider those contributing factors to your emergence recently?”
Goodwin stared at the floor.
Did I say something wrong?
“What else has played into your emergence?” I asked, trying to modify my question.
“Uh, throwing me the ball,” Goodwin said. “That’s it. It ain’t got nothing to do with Pierre. It ain’t got nothing to do with Jimmy.”
I definitely said something wrong.
“You don’t think you’ve grown as a player?” I asked
“No,” he said. “I’m the same player. It’s not like I changed overnight and became this person who can catch or run a route. I won’t elaborate.”
He was staring at me now. Sizing me up. Visualizing the ass-kicking he could give me, I thought.
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