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Diving Catch Saves 3-Year-Old

You can probably call this the best catch of his life.

Dramatic video shows an ex-college football wide receiver catch a 3-year-old boy who was thrown off a burning third-story balcony in Phoenix.

28-year-old Phillip Banks says he ran outside of his apartment building when he heard a commotion.

He saw an apartment fully engulfed in flames and a woman ready to toss her son to another man standby nearby.

Blanks says he didn’t even hesitate and got to the boy just as the mother screamed “Grab him!”

Blanks credits his football days as a wideout at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. “I know how to catch. I learned how to catch a football. So I’ll give some credit to football.” The boy came down “twirling in the air like a propeller”.

The boy’s mother didn’t survive the fire. Blanks called her “the real hero of the story”.

The 3-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister were taken to the hospital with serious injuries