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Phillip Blanks, a former wide receiver at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, made the best catch of his life when a 3-year-old boy was thrown off of a burning balcony at a Phoenix apartment complex. “Instinct. There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it,” he told ABC 7 about the incident.
“I know how to catch,” he says. “I’ve learned how to catch a football. So I’ll give some credit to football.”
Blanks, according to his Saddleback College football bio, played high school football in Kalamazoo, Michigan before joining the Marines and serving in 12 countries.
“He was twirling in the air like a propeller,” he recalled. “I just did my best. His head landed perfectly on my elbow. His ankle got twisted up as I was diving. The guy who was there with me – it looked like he wasn’t going to catch him. So that’s why I stepped in. I just wanted to make a better catch.”
Blanks told his hometown newspaper that he’s now searching local hospitals for the children — the boy he caught and an 8-year-old girl — that were saved and trying to offer help. “I would honestly like to be involved in the kids’ lives,” Blanks said, “because I know they had a traumatic experience and I know that their lives have changed forever.” The mother of the boy didn’t survive the fire.
LIFESAVING CATCH: Eyewitness video shows Phillip Blanks – a former college wide receiver – sprint to the scene of a third-floor apartment fire in Phoenix before catching a small child thrown from a balcony; the mother of the child did not survive. https://t.co/CyIuiva87p pic.twitter.com/egzOxE5bFr
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 7, 2020
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Sad that the mother of the child died. So glad god put him in the place to save this young child. He is a hero forever to this baby.
Wow. Just wow.
Well done, sir!!!
He’s a hero to all of us…absolutely!!! Thank you Phillip!!!
This is great stuff, but in the NFL it would take a team of media celebrity referees in a booth in NYC to determine if that was a Catch. ?
Humor aside, we need to see more heroic things like this.