Most football coaches hate when players suffer injuries off the field. But it's hard to fault Josh Shaw, a senior cornerback at the University of Southern California, for the injuries he suffered saving his nephew from drowning.
Shaw was at a family event, standing on a second-floor balcony, when he saw his 7-year-old nephew fall into the pool. The boy can't swim, so Shaw leaped from the second floor balcony down to the concrete below.
The fall sprained both of Shaw's ankles, but he was able to crawl into the pool, swim his nephew to the ladder, then climb up. The boy was shaken up but OK. Shaw was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with two high ankle sprains. There is no timetable for his return.
"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said today. "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."
Said head coach Steve Sarkisian: "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."