USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw is out indefinitely after hurting himself saving his nephew over the weekend.
Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale over the weekend when he saw his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, struggling in a swimming pool. Carter cannot swim and there was no help nearby, so Shaw instinctively jumped off the second-floor balcony to help save the young boy.
Of course, real life is not like the movies where people can jump from the second story and land below without incident; Shaw landed hard on the concrete and hurt his legs, but he was able to crawl into the pool and pull his nephew to safety.
Shaw was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with two high-ankle sprains. The Trojans senior team captain expressed no regret over his injuries.
“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said Monday via USC’s website. “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.”
USC opens up its season on Saturday against Fresno State.