Ex-college WR catches child thrown from burning building
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A former college football player was captured on video catching a 3-year-old boy thrown from the balcony of a burning third-floor apartment in Phoenix.

Phillip Blanks, who played wide receiver at Saddleback College in Southern California from 2016-17 and also served in the U.S. Marines, told ABC7.com that he was at home July 3 when he heard a commotion outside. After hearing someone yell that there was a fire, he ran out to help.

"Instinct. There wasn't much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it," the 28-year-old Blanks said. "I know how to catch. I've learned how to catch a football. So I'll give some credit to football."

Tragically, the boy's mother died in the fire.

"She's the real hero of the story," Blanks said. "Because she made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children."

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