Raider Nation is mourning the loss of former Raiders quarterback David Humm.
According to David’s daughter Courtney Humm, David was a loyal man with a big heart.
“Loyalty was his top quality. He was loyal to any person, he was loyal through and through about everything,” Courtney said. “He loved with all his heart, with every bit of him, he loved to lift people up. I just loved watching how much he loved people. He had the biggest heart. He was the greatest man, and the strongest man that has ever existed.”
Humm was originally selected by the Raiders in the fifth round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He saw action in 76 games in two stints with the Raiders (1975-1979, 1983-1984) and was a member of the Super Bowl XI and XVIII championship teams. He also played one season with the Buffalo Bills (1980) and two seasons with the Baltimore Colts (1981-1982). During his 10-year NFL career, Humm saw action in 95 games. He served as a holder for placekicks throughout his career.
“I know that being part of the Raiders organization is, I believe, one of the reasons he did live and fight and was as strong as he was for as long as he was being part of such a great organization and a family like the Raiders,” Courtney said. “If you just mentioned football, he would bring up the Raiders and he would light up. I honestly believe the Raiders organization gave him the will to live.
“He lived by the Raider code. He could go on and on about everyone at the Raiders – Al Davis, oh my gosh, the stories. The love for the Davis family, from Al Davis to Mrs. Davis to Mark, he lived breathe, ate … I can’t even put into words. The love for the Raiders was something you couldn’t even write in a fairy tale.”
A three-year starter at Nebraska, Humm led the Cornhuskers to three straight AP Top-10 seasons as he set numerous Big 8 passing records. He led the Big 8 in completion percentage three years in a row and passing yards twice. He helped Nebraska make three straight bowl appearances, all victories – the 1973 Orange Bowl (1972 season), the 1974 Cotton Bowl (1973 season), and the 1974 Sugar Bowl.
After retiring from professional football, Humm spent many years as an integral part of the Raiders radio gameday broadcasts, providing postgame analysis after each contest. Humm, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, was a staunch advocate for the Silver and Black.
“Doing the broadcast, I remember watching him every week. For the longest time I wasn’t allowed to watch Raiders games with him because he had to do his notes, that was his job,” Courtney recalled. “We could watch any other game of football, but not the Raiders. He would write pages of notes, he wouldn’t use a computer, he would write out stats, he would watch the games, and rewind. He lived and breathed for the organization. I am so thankful to them because I saw what life it gave my dad and that’s something me and my dad bonded over for sure.”
David Humm was 65.