Josh Shaw was voted a captain by his fellow players just hours before performing a seriously heroic and exemplary act. The 22-year old jumped from a second floor balcony onto the concrete below and crawled into a pool before saving his seven-year old nephew from drowning Monday evening.
In the process, the University of Southern California safety sprained both of his ankles and will miss a few weeks of game action. What Shaw did was far greater than anything he’s accomplished on the field and shows the high character the man has.
When asked about the incident, Shaw said, “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew. 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.”
Shaw is expected to be a major component of the USC defense and started all 14 games a season ago. USC opens its season against Fresno State on August 30 and it is very unlikely fans will see Shaw on the field.
*Section Photo credit to USC Athletics; Featured Photo (above) credit to Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports