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American football starlet suffers a most heroic injury

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Most coaches would be distraught if one of their star players suffered a double-ankle sprain after jumping from a second-storey window into a swimming pool.

It's the kind of injury one associates with frazzled rock stars - certainly not aspiring young athletes.

But Josh Shaw, captain and star cornerback at the University of Southern California, did just that - and was totally exonerated by coach Steve Sarkisian.

Why? Because fifth-year veteran Shaw leapt to his injury in order to save his young nephew, who had found himself struggling in a pool during a family gathering.

"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."

It's a good thing Shaw jumped - his seven-year-old nephew could not swim, had been separated from his parents, and somehow ended up in the water.

Shaw landed on the concrete below and - despite being injured - crawled into the pool and hauled the youngster to safety, before using his arms to lift himself out of the water.

Coach Sarkisian spoke of his pride at Shaw's selfless actions.

"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."

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Shaw will be a huge miss for USC when they start their season against Fresno State on Saturday.

This is his third season at USC since transferring from Florida, and he played in all 14 matches last term.

Fortunately - miraculously even - Shaw's injuries weren't too serious: his ankles are badly sprained as opposed to broken, and should feature this season.

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