Former Texas Longhorns and current Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is the subject of a Tuesday ESPN E:60 special that explores his unique relationship with his younger sister, Deja, who was born with cerebral palsy.
One of the fastest players in the NFL and a world-class long-jumper who represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics, Goodwin credits much of his success to Deja, who needs around-the-clock care and has been confined to a wheelchair for her entire life.
Born only 10 months after Marquise, Deja has long been an inspirational force for Goodwin, who spoke with the Dallas Morning-News in 2010 about how he sees his sister.
"I guess you could categorize her as special needs," Goodwin said. "But she's always just been my sister.
"I feel that God put her in my life for this certain reason, to be my inspiration and keep me going."
Something of an afterthought in the 2009 Texas recruiting class, Goodwin came to Texas intending to focus on track before quickly making an impact on the football team and eventually becoming a key playmaker for the Horns. In his first season for the Bills, Goodwin caught 17 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, while also returning kicks for the Bills.