No athlete has been more revered in South Florida than Dan Marino.
The former Miami Dolphins quarterback has been admired for his Hall of Fame playing career and for his off-field accomplishments, which include creating a foundation to help autistic children and their families.
But 13 years after completing his last NFL pass, Marino finds himself in an embarrassing situation.
The New York Post on Thursday reported Marino, 51, fathered a child out of wedlock in 2005 with a then-35-year-old CBS production assistant and paid her millions to keep quiet.
Few local news items this week figured to be as stunning as learning a Miami anti-aging clinic allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs to star athletes.
Then came the Marino bombshell.
To his credit, he quickly released a statement admitting his transgression.
"This is a personal and private matter," Marino said in the statement. "I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I...