Chicago Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips released the following statement regarding the passing of Mark Hatley:
"Mark loved football and excelled in evaluating the game and the people who play it. But as talented as he was in his professional career, it was Mark's personal qualities that made him a special individual. Mark made life fun with his endless energy and quick wit. He was dedicated to his job and his family. We were fortunate to have Mark as a part of our team. The Bears, and the rest of the NFL, have lost a wonderful friend. The Hatley family is in our thoughts and prayers."