College Football Team Captain Heroically Saves Drowning Nephew (Updated)

| by Lisa Fogarty

Update: He lied.

USC cornerback and team leader will be sidelined this season for an unspecified amount of time after his heroic actions may have saved his young nephew’s life.

Josh Shaw, a fifth-year senior at the University of Southern California, suffered ankle injuries after jumping from a second-floor balcony to help his 7-year-old nephew, who was struggling to keep afloat in a swimming pool, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Shaw was attending a family party in Palmdale when he noticed the young boy, who cannot swim. He jumped from the balcony and landed on concrete. The football player then crawled into the pool to help the child before pulling himself out of the pool using a ladder, reports.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said. “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 had just been voted a team captain hours before the family function. He started all 14 games in 2013 and was expected to be a major star on the team this year. He suffered two high-ankle sprains after the Saturday incident and it is not known when he will be healthy enough to take the field.

USC opens its season on Saturday against Fresno State.

“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside,” said USC coach Steve Sarkisian.  “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.”

Update: He lied.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, ESPN

Photo Credit:, Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times