Here’s a highly positive story that can lift your day.

Phillip Blanks, a retired United States Marine and former wide receiver for Kalamazoo Central High School and Saddleback College in California, perhaps made his biggest catch of his life.

Blanks made a diving catch of a 3-year-old boy who fell off a burning balcony while his apartment was on his fire in Phoenix, Arizona.


However the boy’s mother, did not survive in the fire.

“I know how to catch,” Blanks explained to Clay Travis. “I’ve learned how to catch a football. So I’ll give some credit to football.”

Using his catching and rescue skills he learned in his life, the former Marine recalled that the boy was in danger and knew what to do in that situation.

“He was twirling in the air like a propeller,” Blanks said. “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.”

Including an 8-year-old girl he saved prior, Blanks is currently searching for the local hospitals for the children they’re housed in, and is looking to give them some 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 been changed forever.”