Meet USC’s Josh Shaw, A Player Who Jumped Out Of A Second Story Balcony To Save A Drowning Kid

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08.25.14 7 Comments
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USC opens its season Saturday against Fresno State and will be without starting cornerback Josh Shaw, who injured himself jumping out of a second story apartment building to save his drowning nephew. We throw the term hero around a lot but I think it’s more than appropriate here.

Shaw suffered two severely sprained ankles as a result. He is out indefinitely.

“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside,” Coach Steve Sarkisian told the school’s website. “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.”

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told 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.”

Dammit Josh Shaw, your forcing me to root for USC. I feel dirty all of a sudden.

But in all seriousness, what a goddamn boss, hoping he recovers soon.

[L.A. Times]

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