The word hero is thrown around a lot these days. USC cornerback Josh Shaw however fits the bill as an actual hero. Shaw was at a family event on Saturday and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who didn’t know how to swim, having problems in a nearby pool. Shaw jumped from a second-floor balcony to get to the pool where he was able to save his nephew for drowning. The jump however left Shaw with two high ankle sprains. [lead image copyright Getty Images Sport / Thearon W. Henderson]
Shaw had been named a team captain for USC this season earlier in the day and told reporters that he would do it again. There is no doubt that Shaw is a hero this week. He could just have called for help but instead with a possible NFL career in the future, Shaw decided that helping his nephew was more important. That was the right thing to do.
Shaw is going to be out indefinitely but hopefully he can return to the Trojans soon after he has recovered from the sprained ankles. It is truly an act of love and one that just proves again that family is one of the most important things in the world. Shaw will find his karma working in his favor for a while to come.