USC senior football player Josh Shaw is out indefinitely for the season after jumping from a second story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew.
Shaw, who was recently named team captain was attending a family function in Palmdale when he spotted his nephew drowning in the pool.
With no one else close by, Shaw didn’t hesitate as he jumped to the hard concrete below. Unable to move his ankles, he crawled to the pool and saved his nephew. Unable to climb out of the pool, Shaw was only able to lift himself up using the ladder.
Shaw suffered from two ankle sprains and will be out indefinitely.
“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw explained in an statement. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”
“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside,” USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. “But that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible.”