Former Nebraska QB David Humm is dead at the age of 65. Humm suffered from multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis he received in 1997.
He was an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist in 1974 after coming to Nebraska as a high-profile recruit, and had a 10-year NFL career after serving for three years as the Huskers’ starting quarterback. Humm took a job working as a Raiders radio analyst starting in 199 NFL career concluded, and kept that job even after receiving his MS diagnosis, working from home while in a wheelchair.
The end finally came in a 1984 game at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Minutes after Bears defensive end Richard Dent removed several of Humm’s teeth with a vicious hit, linebacker Otis Wilson did the real damage with a stomach-turning tackle that tore cartilage in both of Humm’s knees.
But Humm, an Al Davis favorite, he wasn’t done with the Raiders. He served as analyst on radio broadcasts in 1995 and 1996 before being forced to a wheelchair in 1997. Humm believed he would have to give up his broadcasting duties, and called Davis with the news, but the owner refused to accept a resignation and hung up.
Raiders Chief Executive Officer “Amy Trask called me right after he hung up on me, and she says, ‘You know, you have to die to leave,’” Humm said. “She said, ‘Find a way,’ and she hung up on me.”
Tom Osborne praised him in a release:
“Dave was an outstanding player for us and was a great passer, leading the Big Eight in passing his senior season. At that time we hadn’t switched to the option yet, but we still didn’t throw the ball very often. Dave was a great athlete, very accurate and made our passing game effective.
I recall that getting Dave to Nebraska was one of the most intense recruiting battles we ever won. At the time, you could take as many visits as you wanted and Dave took 12 or 13 visits, including one to Bear Bryant and Alabama.
Most importantly, Dave was a very good person, and in our conversations he always talked about how great his life was despite the circumstances of battling multiple sclerosis for many years. He was also a great father to his daughter, Courtney.”