UPDATE: Yesterday, news broke that this story was completely made up by the football player. At this time, there's no information as to why he made up the story, or how he hurt his ankles. Many have said he went from HERO to ZERO in 24 hrs.
Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool.
Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can’t swim, struggling in the pool.
With no one around, Shaw told USC’s website that he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety. Unable to step out of the pool because of the pain in his ankles, Shaw lifted himself up the ladder. “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told the team website. Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two high ankle sprains and will be out indefinitely. He said Carter was traumatized, but physically in good shape.
That is heroic!