AMAZING VIDEO! Former Football Player Catches Little Boy Escaping Apartment Fire

Phillip Blanks

The former college wide receiver and retired U.S. Marine is being hailed as a hero because without his intervention, the poor little boy would have sprawled on the hard ground and probably die. However, there was no grab that will surpass the diving catch he made last week.

Watch the moment caught on video above.

The clip shows Blanks, who previously played for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, coming to help and catching the child just in time.

When Phillip Blanks heard screams while working out Friday at a friend's apartment in Arizona, he dashed outside so quickly he forgot his shoes, MLive reports.

By opting in, you agree to receive emails with the latest in Lifestyle + Entertainment from TellMeNow. "Because I know they had a traumatic experience and I know that their lives have been changed forever".

"I can definitely credit to the Marine Corps for instilling this good training in me to save a life", he said.

Bystander video of the July 3 fire and Blanks' catch went viral. Thinking there was a fight, he went outside to see what was going on, and it was only then that he realized there was a fire.

In a dramatic scene caught on camera, several children and a dog were thrown to safety from multiple apartment units during a fire in Arizona that damaged eight homes and left one woman dead. Realizing what was about to happen, he took action and ran.

Phillip Blanks

"His skin was melting off of his body", Blanks said. "I just reacted. I just did it", he told ABC7.

"In this situation if I could use this platform to get these kids some help, that'd be great", Blanks said.

"I immediately got tunnel vision of the baby and somehow managed to catch him", Blanks said.

"I stepped in front of him".

"I just did my best".

Blanks made a decision to check out the scene to see if he could help. and noticed a 30-year-old mother preparing to throw her child off the balcony.

"The mother threw the second child over the balcony while she was burning and I saw her in flames, head to toe".