Goodwin dealing with Sickle Cell, asthma

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (88) makes a catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – When Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin walked off the field during Sunday’s practices, some fans assumed he was injured. Goodwin, however, cleared the air today with News 4 Sports Director Steve Vesey.

Since he was little, Goodwin has battled asthma, along with the sickle cell trait, which makes it difficult to breathe from time to time.

“I get half the oxygen to my blood, than normal people,” said Goodwin.

It is something he has to monitor, especially when he’s on the football field.

“It’s just hard to breathe at times. It could be just walking out here, and I’m like dang. If the air is heavy, it’s tough to breathe, it’s tough for me to get more oxygen through my blood,” said Goodwin.

More than anything, he wants fans to understand the issue, and realize he is not simply injury-prone.

“When people are wondering, why is this guy always getting walked off the field? That’s why. I just want you all to know, that’s why. It isn’t because I’m faking an injury, or because I’m injured. It’s because it’s a serious deal,” said Goodwin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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