The extended Nebraska football family is mourning the loss of one of its own.
Tuesday night, at his home in his hometown Las Vegas, Dave Humm passed away at the age of 65. Humm had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988, and spent the last 20 years in a wheelchair.
His death was attributed to complications from the disease.
Humm, who played 10 years in the NFL after being selected in the fifth round of the 1975 draft by the Oakland Raiders, was an All-American quarterback at Nebraska in the early seventies, finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1974. In each of his three seasons as the starter, the Cornhuskers, who were 27-7-2 with Humm under center, finished in the Associated Press Top 10 at season’s end. They won the Big Eight championship his senior season, which was Tom Osborne‘s third in Lincoln as head coach.
Below is a statement from the former NU coaching legend and College Football Hall of Famer on Humm’s passing:
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.