Dan Marino fathered child in extramarital affair, report says

January 31, 2013

Dan Marino will be working the Super Bowl this weekend. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images)

Dan Marino, the Miami Dolphins’ Hall of Fame quarterback, has admitted that he fathered a child in 2005 with an employee at CBS, where he is a member of “The NFL Today” crew.

The New York Post reported that Marino’s affair with former production assistant Donna Savattere produced a daughter, Chloe.

“This is a personal and private matter,” Marino, 51, said in a statement to the NY Post. “I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then. We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”

Marino and his wife of 28 years have four sons and two adopted daughters.

“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” Marino said, “and we continue to be a strong and loving family.”

Marino retired from football in 1999 and began appearing on “The NFL Today” in 2003. He won’t have the luxury of keeping a low profile until this story dies down; CBS will be broadcasting Super Bowl XLVII this weekend and the network says he will be “in his usual role.”

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