Josh Shaw Heroically Saves Drowning Cousin, Sustains Injuries

USC Trojans senior cornerback and team captain Josh Shaw played the part of a hero on Saturday when a family member’s life was in danger. Shaw’s 7-year-old nephew was drowning in a pool two stories below him. Looking on, Shaw made the brave decision to jump over the balcony and down onto the concrete. He then drug himself into the water to save the young boy after injuring both legs, according to

While attending a family social function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby. Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below.

He was able to crawl into the pool and ushered his nephew to safety. Despite the intense pain in his legs, he was then able to grab the ladder and lift himself out of the pool with his upper body.

Shaw sustained two high ankle sprains upon impact, but that is merely a small consequence for saving the life of another.

“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.”

The decision from Shaw, who will be sidelined indefinitely as his ankles heal, was no surprise to his 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.”