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In three straight years in college (2010-2012), Goodwin was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. Aside from being an unbelievable athlete, Goodwin evidently applied himself in the classroom as well. He was even a Texas Scholar.
And when he wasn't studying or building himself in the weight room, Goodwin got involved with the community.
He visited with kids from Dell Children's Medical Center, volunteered to help clean up Lake Ray Hubbard and spent time visiting and speaking with elementary school kids.
And being the busy man that he is, Marquise Goodwin is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity at the University of Texas. Being a part of Greek Life comes with certain obligations, like maintaing a respectable GPA and giving back to the community.
This is something Goodwin did in spades.
As for his brothers representing the ΚΑΨ shield in pro sports; the list includes but is not exclusive to:
- Kenny Lofton, former MLB Player
- Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Hall of Famer
- Allan Houston, former NBA Player, Olympic Gold Medalist
- Penny Hardaway, former NBA Player, Olympic Gold Medalist
- Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer
- Nnamdi Asomugha, NFL Player
- Eric Davis, former NFL Player, Super Bowl Champion
- Jim Caldwell, NFL Coach
- Colin Kaepernick, NFL Player
- Brandon Marshall, NFL Player
- Gale Sayers, NFL Hall of Famer
- Mike Tomlin, NFL Coach, Super Bowl Champion
- Darren Sharper, former NFL Player, Super Bowl Champion
- John Henry Johnson, NFL Hall of Famer
- Earl Thomas, NFL Player
Factoids (h/t Mack Brown Texas Football)
Nickname(s): Quise, Pookie
During pregame, I like to: Pray
Favorite book: "Uncommon" by Tony Dungy
Favorite movie: Love & Basketball
Favorite TV show: The Jamie Foxx Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Favorite food: Dorito casserole
Sports hero: Jesse Owens
Favorite music: R&B, Rap, Gospel
Nobody knows I can: Draw
And last but certainly not least, Marquise Goodwin also happens to be an accomplished U.S. Olympian.
Goodwin won the U.S. Olympic Trials' long jump, posting a career-best leap of 8.33 meters (27-04.25). This mark ultimately earned him a trip to the Olympic Games in London in 2012 wherein Goodwin finished 10th.
Though it should be noted that his career-best would have been enough for gold at the following Olympics. Goodwin then had the top mark of 8.11 meters (26-7.25) in the qualifying round at the Olympics, making him just one of two automatic qualifiers for the finals.
It almost goes without saying that Goodwin was the most prominent track athlete in the school's history. Officially, Goodwin is the first Longhorn ever to reach the long jump finals on the Olympic stage.
And continuing to dominant the college track scene, Goodwin won a second long jump NCAA Championship with a mark of 8.23 meters (27-00). This cemented him as the first collegian to win both the Olympic Trials and the NCAA Outdoor long-jump competition in the same year.