"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," USC cornerback Josh Shaw said on Monday.
In a press release from the University of South California, Shaw was at a family social function when he saw his seven year-old nephew flailing in an unguarded pool.
Shaw then leapt from the second-story balcony and landed awkwardly. Shaw, while in excruciating pain, crawled into the pool and pulled his nephew to safety.
"That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside," 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."
Shaw could have suffered a career ending injury, but in total disregard for his own wellbeing Shaw made the decision we all hope to be brave enough to make.
Shaw suffered major injuries to both of his ankles and will likely not play this season. If Shaw’s leadership was not evident enough, he is also USC’s team captain.
Shaw's nephew Carter is a bit "traumatized," but physically okay, thanks to his guardian angel. Hopefully Shaw makes a complete recovery and brings his incredible character to the NFL.