Former college football player and retired Marine Phillip Blanks made an incredible catch to save a baby thrown from burning building.

Phillip Blanks, 28, ran to a home in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 3rd to try and help a mother and son caught in a raging fire.

He was able to save Jameson Long from the flames on the third-floor balcony when the mother, Rachel, dropped the boy to Blanks.

Blanks said the boy was twirling in the air like a propeller as he fell and said, “There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it.”

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Blanks is a former college wide receiver who now works in the security industry. He said he still knows how to catch:

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“I know how to catch. I’ve learned how to catch a football.”

Tragically, the boy’s mother died in the blaze, and Blanks paid tribute to her by saying: “She’s the real hero of the story because she made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children.”

Watch below as Banks runs up to catch the child and then runs to safety.

A Go Fund Me has been set up for the family of Rachel Long: Go Fund Me

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