Surviving Sundays Without Adam Czech

As many of you who come here regularly know, one of our bretheren, Adam Czech has been battling stage four colon cancer for the last 12 months. Adam was fighting hard through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries. He sought out the best doctors, from the University of Minnesota to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. All options were considered and whatever could be tried was tried.

EDIT: Here is a link to a GoFundMe Campaign for Adam's Wife and Children.

Alas, it didn't help. The agressive cancer inside of Adam just kept spreading and growing. The doctors advised Adam and his wife Julianna that there was little to be done beyond preparing for the inevitable.

Just two days ago, Adam was admitted to a hospice home, but it seems the man upstairs couldn't wait:

 

 

 Adam's journey battling cancer over the last year has been eloquently documented by Julianna and Adam at CaringBridge.com. This is the link to his journal.

I first learned of Adam back in  2010, when he sent me a tweet about his wedding and how he worked the Packers into the proceedings. I asked him to write about it and he did here.  It's especially emotional to read now. A few months later I asked him to write for ALLGBP.com and he accepted. He hit the ground running and had been writing ever since, Adam wrote 693 articles for ALLGBP.com and another 88 since our move to CheeseheadTV.

Adam had a great and wacky sense of humor, but not in a joke-telling sense. He would look at you with a straight face while saying something fairly ridiculous, all the time just enjoying your confused look. Besides the Packers, Adam was a huge fan of Pro wrestling (specifically old school wrestling) and heavy metal music (groups like Slayer and Mastadon), neither of which seemed to jive with his laid back, chill demeanor.

Adam was a loving and devoted husband to Julianna and doting father to his two young sons, Edward and Reggie. Nothing mattered to him more.

I got to meet Adam and Julianna at one of the Throwback Weekend events and they couldn't have been more genuine, friendly and just plain "nice" to my wife and I. We had several great conversations with them over the course of the weekend.

Cancer is always a horrible thing, but to have it happen to someone so young with a loving wife and two small chldren is especially heartbreaking.

In the upcoming weeks I hope to come up with some plans for a way to honor Adam (perhaps a memorial web site) and set up an education fund for his children. I will need a lot of help with this project - I hope I can count on all of you to pitch in some way, some how.  If you have any suggestions, brainstorms or some particular expertise you can lend, please email me at:  "jerseyalgbp at gmail.com". 

Those of you who come here and follow the Packers or football in general, often treat the fate of your team as if a matter of life and death. Sports is entertainment, and provides a nice escape from the realities of our existence on this planet. In actuality, we're all just here for the diversion.  

During offseasons, Adam wrote a regular piece called "Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived."

The question now is, how will we survive Packers Sundays without our friend Adam Czech? 

Rest in peace, my brother.

 

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  

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NickPerry's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:20 am

Adam you'll be missed. Every Sunday during the season I'd go to Cheeseheadtv.com to see what you had to say. You maintained a sense of humor in your writing and I appreciated your opinions.

Rest in peace Adam and may God be with and watch over Julianna and your sons Edward and Reggie. I lost my Father when I was young, though not as your as Reggie and Edward. You've written some amazing pieces here at Cheesehead and ALLGBP.com, pieces your sons will be able to go back and read one day and enjoy their Fathers words once again.

God be with you and your Family.

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lebowski's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:21 am

Condolences to all at CHTV who knew Adam well and called him friend. Going to watch the game tonight with a little different perspective that's for sure.

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Spock's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:28 am

Jersey Al,
Nice tribute to Adam. This Thursday will have to remember to be thankful that we got to share some of Adam's thoughts. Condolences to his young family. Puts into perspective just how much real life is so much more important than a football game.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:38 am

Understanding something like cancer in the abstract is one thing. Understanding it emotionally in a specific situation like this is completely different.

He had everything to live for. Young. Married. 2 kids.

This makes me want to to simultaneously cry, scream, throw things, give up, and work harder.

I'm asking the question "why" right now.

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Packer_Pete's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:43 am

RIP Adam.

Nice tribute, Al.

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mark87's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:51 am

Adam was one of the good guys and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Perhaps a fundraiser for a memorial brick at Lambeau is in order so Adam can be with his Packers forever.

Prayers and thoughts for his family.

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Hematite's picture

November 20, 2016 at 07:08 am

Very sad.
Rest in Peace Adam.

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Lphill's picture

November 20, 2016 at 07:16 am

The Packers , football really meaningless just entertainment nothing more important than family and health maybe the Packers can win today for Adam , God Bless .

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 20, 2016 at 07:38 am

Well said Al. RIP

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dobber's picture

November 20, 2016 at 07:45 am

I hope that Adam lives on a little in each of us.

Peace.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 20, 2016 at 08:03 am

Very sad news. My condolences to the Mrs. Czech and Adam's entire family.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

November 20, 2016 at 08:16 am

Condolences to the CHTV family and Adam's wife and family. Not much of a crier but Julianna's post got me. He will be missed.

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November 20, 2016 at 08:20 am

I am so saddened by this news. Cancer takes so many good people along with my mother. It breaks my heart these things happen. He fought the good fight, I did not know him personally but he is in a good place. Bless his family and those around them help them and comfort them in the days and years ahead.

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gbpackerowner's picture

November 20, 2016 at 08:57 am

Rest In Peace.

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pacman's picture

November 20, 2016 at 09:17 am

RIP Adam,

There have been 2 fathers in my neighborhood who died over the last few years from colon cancer. Perhaps a fitting tribute to Adam would be for those who have no done so, to get a colonoscopy asap. The dr's say that this particular cancer is a bigger shame because it is generally preventable and curable if caught early. I had one done this year.

Make something good come out of this.

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November 20, 2016 at 09:25 am

Very sad news. I add my heartfelt condolences (and tears). I never met Adam, but I got to know him at least a little bit through his writing, and always enjoyed his sense of humor. He was winsome in the true sense of the word, and I feel like I've lost a friend.

I shall think of him and his family when I watch the game tonight.

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BodhiJimi's picture

November 20, 2016 at 09:56 am

Nice Tribute Al- Adam will be missed but well remembered. His family is amazing and Julianna is a Rock and is so inspiring. God Bless their family and let the Legacy of Adam live on through stories and his writings. Thinking of all who new Adam personally or from CHTV.

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November 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

Everyone here is going to miss Adam.

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Portland Mark's picture

November 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

The Czech family learned of Adam's cancer the time my wife was having a hysterectomy (and then later chemo). We followed the Czech family situation through the Caring Bridge site and realized how much easier our situation was. We prayed for them every day, hoping for a miracle. This is a sad moment in a long string of sad moments. I will just continue to pray for Julianna and the kids.

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cinpackback's picture

November 20, 2016 at 10:42 am

I had really hoped for a miracle. Reality sucks. Our hearts and prayers go out to Adam's family. Keep the faith.

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cinpackback's picture

November 20, 2016 at 10:42 am

I had really hoped for a miracle. Reality sucks. Our hearts and prayers go out to Adam's family. Keep the faith.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 20, 2016 at 04:15 pm

RIP Adam...

I will always remember your celebration of Hail Mary against Detroit. I will remember you like that..

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Tundraboy's picture

November 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

God bless Adam his wife and Children. So sad to see this happen, his optimism and courage are an inspiration. I lost my best friend suddenly this past week and my wonderful Mother in Law and I feel like I can honestly say I feel like I lost another close friend and family member. Strength to all this week my friends.

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Wayne Simmons's picture

November 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

I am thankful to have known Adam, if only just a little bit through his writing. I felt a kinship with him being from the same area and sharing a love of '80s wrestling -- especially the old AWA. Out of all the fine writers who have contributed to CHTV and ALLGBP, Adam was my favorite.

Peace to you and your family, Adam.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

Nice words Al.

Never met Adam but felt like I knew him. A true inspiration and a battler. One of the good guys taken too soon.

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November 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

I never realized how much we learn to care about people we have never met in person through their writing. Over the years I always made sure to read each of his pieces. Thank you Adam, for the joy you brought to your extended family at ALLGBP and CHTV. We celebrate you! RIP

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Oppy's picture

November 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

Moved to tears.

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Savage57's picture

November 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

To the Czech family,

Know that we share your loss. Adam entertained anyone who read his observations of the Packers and his musings on life.

And for you, Adam. Say hi to Vince for us.

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November 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm

RIP Adam. This is a sad day for me even though I never met you. Just so sad to see you taken so early. And to the Czech family, I share your loss with you.

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Mojo's picture

November 20, 2016 at 12:09 pm

A devoted family man. There's nothing more noble that can be said about a person's walk through life.

Enjoyed Adam columns over the years, It was evident how much his family meant to him.

My condolences to Jersey Al and the CHTV crew and especially the Czech family. Sounds like you were lucky to have had him in your lives.

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Oppy's picture

November 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm

How about re-branding annual chtv Throw Back Weekendget-togethers as the annual Adam Czech Throw Back Weekend, and holding either auctions for stuff or just having a voluntary donation collection at CHTV get together events during throw back weekend, and put the money raised into the Czech boys' education funds?

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NickPerry's picture

November 20, 2016 at 03:39 pm

Wonderful Idea... Any idea to help the children is a good idea.

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Pack12's picture

November 20, 2016 at 01:18 pm

My prayers and condolences go out to Adam's family. Cancer is a horrible disease that does not discriminate. We will all miss Adam and his wry sense of humor. Like Al said, football is a diversion and just a game and we need to keep that in perspective when dealing with life's ups and downs. RIP Adam!

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EdsLaces's picture

November 20, 2016 at 01:51 pm

Reading his articles makes ya feel like ya sorda know the guy. Loved his spirit and passion for the game and more importantly his family. Such a sad day. All the love in the world for Adam and his family. We will miss ya buddy..

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GVPacker's picture

November 20, 2016 at 02:05 pm

So sad to hear of Adam's passing! I enjoyed reading his post's. God Bless his family and count me in on any effort to help his Wife and Two Sons!

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November 20, 2016 at 03:08 pm

Thank you Jersey Al for the lovely tribute to Adam. My thoughts and prayers are with Adam's wife, family and friends. So sad.

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November 20, 2016 at 03:08 pm

Thank you Jersey Al for the lovely tribute to Adam. My thoughts and prayers are with Adam's wife, family and friends. So sad.

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November 20, 2016 at 03:29 pm

Rip Adam. I've been reading articles from you guys sinve the AllGBP.com days, and it saddens me to hear of this news. My condolences to the Czech family. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 5, so i can relate to what his kids must be going through right now. Stay strong, you guys will get through this.

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November 20, 2016 at 04:51 pm

Cancer sucks. R.I.P. Adam.

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November 20, 2016 at 05:34 pm

So terribly sad to hear. As Oppy said above, this news moved me to tears as well. I dId not know Adam except from his writing, but hearing of a good man being taken from his beautiful family so early hurts to hear. My thoughts are with him and his family.

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November 20, 2016 at 06:06 pm

Sad news to hear. His articles where always a good read. I pray his two young boys grow up to know how cool there father was. R.I.P Adam.

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Colin_C's picture

November 20, 2016 at 06:13 pm

Thanks for all the fantastic years Adam. You'll be missed greatly. Praying for your family now.

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November 20, 2016 at 06:55 pm

Terrible news. Condolences to Adam's family.

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tm_inter's picture

November 20, 2016 at 07:12 pm

RIP Adam. Condolences to Julianna and children. Sundays will never be the same without Adam's article.

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maxginsberg's picture

November 20, 2016 at 09:23 pm

How about a gofundme page (or something like it) to help pay for Edward and Reggie's education?

Or something else in Adam's honor? Perhaps a scholarship in his name for a young an aspiring writer?

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4zone's picture

November 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm

Football just isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things. Life is short and what we do with it means everything. I survived my cancer and when people congratulated me, it seemed really odd, like I had accomplished something. I didn't accomplish anything, I was given a gift. To Adam's family and friends, may you find comfort and healing in the days ahead. Any time a life is lost, humanity loses a piece of itself.

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November 21, 2016 at 08:13 am

We lost my wife's uncle at the age of 35. He left behind a family of two boys. To Adam's wife, I cannot imagine the feelings you must have right now and the challenges you will face. I hope you find the strength to stay positive and to move forward. May you find happiness.

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November 21, 2016 at 02:23 pm

I haven't been a member here for very long, so I didn't have the opportunity to read any of Adam Czech's work.

Rest in Peace young man. Prayers to you and your family. God will be with you wife and children always.

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November 21, 2016 at 02:57 pm

Been expecting this sad news eventually after the Caring Bridge post that he was coming home to hospice care, but didn't expect it quite so soon. As others have said, Adam's personality came through in his writing perhaps more than most other sports bloggers, and I think we all felt we knew him to a certain degree as an online friend regardless of whether it was one-way or two-way communication. Following his and Julianna's thoughts online through this ordeal makes this loss feel even more personal.

Tears and prayers for you and your family, Julianna, if you happen to read this. Thank you for allowing us all to in some small way walk with you on this journey. We are all proud to be part of Adam's Pack.

Al, thanks for a wonderful write-up. A permanent cheeseheadtv.com/adamspack memorial page, perhaps with a selection of his best writing, would be a lovely idea. As is a memorial fund for the boys' education.

Peace, Adam, and thanks for sharing your life with us. Godspeed, brother.

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November 21, 2016 at 05:32 pm

I'm heart broken for his wife and children. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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