Former Las Vegas prep star, Raiders QB David Humm dies at 65

Updated March 28, 2018 - 6:47 pm

David Humm, perhaps the greatest quarterback in Las Vegas prep history, died late Tuesday at Mountain’s Edge Hospital from complications of multiple sclerosis. He was 65.

His death was confirmed Wednesday by close friend Steve Stallworth, South Point Arena general manager and former UNLV quarterback.

Humm left Las Vegas after graduating from Bishop Gorman High School for the University of Nebraska, where he was an All-American in 1974, and then played 10 years in the NFL, seven of them with the Raiders.

“The entire Raiders family is deeply saddened to learn of David Humm’s passing. David was a true Raider in every sense, and the heart of the Raider Nation goes out to his family at this time,” the Raiders said Wednesday in a statement.

Humm, who would have turned 66 on Monday, had battled multiple sclerosis since 1988. The disease confined him to a wheelchair permanently in 1997, but he never lost his competitive nature, trying to beat the disease since he received the diagnosis.

“It never went through my mind that I wouldn’t beat it,” Humm told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2008. “It’s never gone through my mind that this is going to be me to this day.”

Local sports history can’t be written without Humm’s name. He was the first inductee into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, and Raiders owner Al Davis flew in for the 1997 ceremony, as well as former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and many of his ex-Oakland teammates.

“That was one of the most special nights of my life,” Humm said.

The SNSHOF said Wednesday in a statement: “In addition to being one of the finest athletes to ever hail from Southern Nevada, (David) has been an inspiration to our community. He will be forever remembered for his kindness, compassion and courage in the face of the many obstacles that he faced.”

In 1999, the Review-Journal sports staff voted Humm as the No. 9 local athlete of the 20th century.

The Bishop Gorman star was the most heavily recruited athlete to come out of the valley when the football powers came calling in 1970. NCAA rules didn’t limit the number of visits at the time, and Humm visited 12 of the 18 schools on his list. More than 100 schools recruited him.

Alabama coach Bear Bryant even brought legendary quarterback Joe Namath with him to Las Vegas to try to persuade Humm to sign with the Crimson Tide. Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian also visited.

“In 1970, there were no rules,” Humm said. “(Alabama) had coaches living there the last three weeks of the season.

“We were meeting with a different group of coaches every night of the week. … It was the craziest year of my life.”

Humm eventually chose Nebraska. He became the first Huskers quarterback to break the 5,000-yard career passing mark, and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1974.

Nebraska went 27-7-2 and finished in The Associated Press’ Top 10 all three years that Humm started. He quarterbacked victories over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl after the 1972 season, Texas in the Cotton Bowl (1973) and Florida in the Sugar Bowl (1974).

The school inducted Humm into its Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

“Dave was an outstanding player for us and was a great passer,” Osborne said Wednesday in a statement. “I recall that getting Dave to Nebraska was one of the most intense recruiting battles we ever won.”

Oakland drafted Humm in the fifth round in 1975, but making the Raiders was no sure thing with Ken Stabler, Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda crowding the depth chart. Humm received a major break, though, when Lamonica surprisingly retired.

“That first practice where you sit, that first meeting where you go in there, you realize these are real men,” Humm said. “You realize this is a game, but it’s a job. And then you realize on this level, everybody can play. It’s a completely different speed.”

Humm won two Super Bowl rings with the Raiders, but he was mostly a clipboard holder on the sideline. He had stops with the Raiders in Oakland and Los Angeles, the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Colts.

“I wasn’t that big-gun guy, but I was a guy that you want on your team,” Humm said.

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, a Davis favorite, wasn’t done with the Raiders. He served as analyst on radio broadcasts in 1995 and 1996 before being forced to the wheelchair in 1997. Humm thought he would have to give up his broadcasting duties and called Davis with the news, but the owner refused to accept his resignation and hung up. He remained an analyst on pregame and postgame shows, eventually working from his Las Vegas home in a studio that Davis had built for him.

When asked how he would like to be remembered, Humm replied, “Just that I showed up and played, just that I went to work every day and loved to play this game.”

Humm is survived by his daughter, Courtney, brother, Tom, and sisters Cathy DeValliere and Lori Scharar. The South Point is planning a celebration of his life with the time and date to be determined.

Staff writer Ron Kantowski contributed to this report. Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914. Follow @markanderson65 on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Raiders Videos
Vegas Nation: NFL Owners Meeting Day 2
Vegas Nation host Bryan Salmond and Review-Journal sports writer Gilbert Manzano go over the NFL owners meeting.
Las Vegas Stadium construction site drone footage
The Raiders set up a drone at the Las Vegas Stadium construction site on May 20, 2018.
Las Vegas Stadium Milestones
Las Vegas Stadium Milestones as of May 16, 2018.
Vegas Nation: NFL Owners Meeting Day 1
Vegas Nation host Bryan Salmond and Review-Journal sports writer Gilbert Manzano go over the NFL owners meeting.
Vegas Nation: Raiders Participate In First Day Of Practice
Vegas Nation host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken go over the Raiders first day of practice.
Vegas Nation: Raiders Minicamp
Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken goes over the Raiders minicamp and questions surrounding the Raiders picking defensive lineman Maurice Hurst from Michigan.
P.J. Hall, Maurice Hurst and Jon Gruden Talk About Mini Camp
P.J. Hall, Maurice Hurst and Jon Gruden go over the Raiders Mini camp.
Reggie McKenzie On Final Day Of NFL Draft
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie talks about the Raiders final draft picks.
Vegas Nation: Raiders Final Draft Picks
Vegas Nation host Bryan Salmond, Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken and Review-Journal reporter Gilbert Manzano go over the last day of the draft pick for the Raiders.
Gruden On Day Two Of Nfl Draft Picks
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the teams second day draft picks.
Raiders trade again, draft DT P.J. Hall and OT Brandon Parker
Raiders trade again and draft DT P.J. Hall and OT Brandon Parker. The team moved back again Friday, this time exchanging the No. 41 overall pick for the No. 57 selection. It then selected former Sam Houston State defensive tackle P.J. Hall. The Raiders parted with No. 75, trading up 10 spots to select former North Carolina A&T offensive tackle Brandon Parker.
Gruden On Bryant Joining Raiders, Bryant On What He Has Left To Prove
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks about what Bryant will bring to the Raiders and Bryant talks about what he has left to prove.
Gruden, Miller On First Round Pick
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and first round pick Kolton Miller talk about the NFL draft first round pick for the Raiders.
Las Vegas Raiders Stadium can help economic boom, expert says
Study after study has concluded that stadiums aren’t effective economic development drivers. But a leading urban growth researcher says Orlando and Las Vegas are exceptions because of the strength of their regions’ tourism economies. The Raiders are building a 65,000-seat, $1.8 billion indoor stadium at Interstate 15 and Russell Road using $750 million of public money authorized by the Nevada Legislature. Las Vegas has a leg up on many cities, because it has an airport at which business people can catch a nonstop flight to virtually any domestic destination. Panelist Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the presence of out-of-town media for playoff games featuring the Vegas Golden Knights has given the city media mentions that money can’t buy. Another issue receiving the panel’s attention is the need for mass transit with all the teams, venues and anticipated visitation they will generate. Panelists also discussed the prospect of attracting big events like the Super Bowl, the NFL draft and NCAA tournaments.
Reggie Mckenzie On Raiders First Draft Pick
Raiders general manager Reggie Mckenzie on Raiders first draft pick.
Vegas Nation: First Round NFL Draft Pick
Vegas Nation host Bryan Salmond, Review-Journal writer Gilbert Manzano and Raiders beat writer Michael Gelhken go over the first round of the NFL draft picks and the Raiders choices.
Vegas Nation: NFL Draft preview
Bryan Salmond and Michael Gehlken breakdown the Raiders offseason moves as well as what they could be looking at in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Vegas Nation: Wide Receiver
Vegas Nation video host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken look at the wide receiver position for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Vegas Nation: Raiders secondary
Vegas Nation video host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken look at the Raiders secondary for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Vegas Nation: Running Back position
Vegas Nation video host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken look at the running back position for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Vegas Nation: Join Vegas Nation for NFL Draft updates
Vegas Nation video host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken will provide updates about everything surrounding this year's NFL Draft.
Vegas Nation: NFL Draft: Defensive Line
Vegas Nation video host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken discuss the defensive line and what can happen in the 2018 NFL Draft.
David Humm's life celebrated at South Point
Raiders owner Mark Davis, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne were among those who paid tribute to David Humm during a ceremony at South Point Arena in Las Vegas on April 6, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review Journal)
Vegas Nation Stadium Show
Ed Graney, Rick Velotta and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken go over the progress on the Vegas Stadium and how it will affect some of the players and staff.
Vegas Nation: Gruden hoping free agents can establish culture
Michael Gehlken reports from the NFL Meetings in Orlando, including what the Raiders are doing there as well as what Jon Gruden meant by "throwing it back to 1998."
Vegas Nation: Raiders Cut Ties With Smith, Ellis Gets Contract
Vegas Nation host Bryan Salmond and Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken go over the Raiders cutting ties with Sean Smith and Justin Ellis' three-year contract.
Vegas Nation: Raiders Cut Ties With Aldon Smith
Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken goes over the Raiders cutting ties with Aldon Smith due to allegations made against him.
Vegas Nation: Reggie Mckenzie's Son A Potential Candidate For Raiders
Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken goes over how Reggie McKenzie's son Kahlil McKenzie is a potential draft pick for the Raiders.
Vegas Nation Stadium Show: Parking, other topics closer to resolution
Ed Graney and Rick Velotta are joined by Las Vegas Stadium Authority chairman Steve Hill to discuss the latest developments around the Las Vegas Stadium.
Vegas Nation: Raiders lose 9th pick to San Francisco 49ers
Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken provides an update from the NFL scouting combine about the Raiders and 49ers coin toss to determine which team will get the 9th or 10th pick of this years NFL Draft.
Vegas Nation: Lynch, Crabtree future with Raiders pending
Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken provides an update from the NFL scouting combine on the future for Marshawn Lynch and Michael Crabtree with the Raiders.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Events
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like