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(VIA ABC7) Phillip Blanks played wide receiver at a Southern California college but his greatest catch was to save the life of a child thrown from the balcony of an apartment on fire in Phoenix, Arizona.

Phillip Blanks played wide receiver at a college in Southern California. His greatest catch he ever made in his life came long after his playing career ended. Acording to Blanks’ college bio, he’s related to Barry Sanders and Mike Conley.

Amazing footage was shot of Blanks diving to catch a 3-year-old boy thrown off the balcony of an apartment fire in Phoenix on July 3.

“Instinct. There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it,” he told Eyewitness News in recalling the moment.

“I know how to catch,” he says. “I’ve learned how to catch a football. So I’ll give some credit to football.”

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