Philip Blanks, former college football wide receiver recently had the most critical catch of his life when he caught a 3-year-old boy thrown from the third floor of a burning building in Phoenix.

The viral video shows Blanks, 28, sprinting into action on Friday when he heard about a commotion outside his apartment and rushed to the scene without even stopping for slippers.

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football player catches toddler thrown from burning balcony

The ex-football player saw that a woman is ready to toss her son to another man standing nearby, as per the social media video posted online. Blanks didn’t give it any second thought and caught the child in his arms, thus saving his life.

There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it. I know how to catch,I learned how to catch a football. So I’ll give some credit to football.

Philip Blanks is a Former Football WR and Marine

The video shows that the mother screaming, “Grab him” and Blanks got to the kid in time, stopping a disaster from happening. Philip Blanks was a wideout receiver at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, and also a former US Marine where he used his clutch hands and spent time on the gridiron.

The boy came down “twirling in the air like a propeller, His ankle got twisted up as I was diving. The guy who was there with me looked like he wasn’t going to catch him. So that’s why I stepped in. I just wanted to make a better catch.

Latest Status of the Boy and the Mother

As per the reports, the boy’s 30-year-old mother didn’t survive the fire but managed to save her son before going out in flames.

She’s the real hero of the story as she made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children.

The boy and his 8-year-old sister are critically injured but somehow safe from the fire and Blanks rushed to the scene and had the most important catch of his life. Blanks also said that he wants to track down the kids and their father, so that he can help them in their recovery