USC Trojans defensive captain Josh Shaw has been ruled out indefinitely after spraining both ankles in a heroic act saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning.
The fifth year senior and starting defensive back for the Trojans admits that he "would do it again", stating no matter who it was drowning, nephew or not, he would risk his body trying to save that person.
Hours after being named defensive leader of the team, Shaw was attending a family function when he noticed his 7-year-old nephew, unable to swim, struggling in the pool.
Shaw quickly reacted to the developing situation and with no regard to his own safety, showed real character by jumping from a second floor balcony onto the concrete floor below in order to dive into the pool.
The cornerback retrieved his nephew and headed to the ladder at the edge of the pool and managed to drag the struggling kid to safety.
When asked about his heroic act, Shaw simply stated: ""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 was a major part of the defensive set up at USC and would have certainly been a starter for the new season, reshuffling will have to take place in the cornerbacks unit with Shaw now suffering with two sprained ankles before the start of the 2014 campaign.
He started all 14 games of the prior season in the secondary of the Trojans and the fifth year senior was an on-the-field leader for the strong defensive unit.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian was asked about the news and he responded: "That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. 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."