Originally written on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 1/31/13

Now this is how you kick off a Thursday morning, with a bombshell of a story involving an all-time NFL great, the love child he sired with a network underling, and the hush money he paid to keep things quiet, at least for the next 12 years or so. The New York Post broke the news that former Dolphins QB Dan Marino had an affair with CBS production assistant Donna Savattere in 2004, shortly after Marino was hired by the network as an analyst for their Sunday pregame show, The NFL Today. The Hall of Famer knocked up the 35-year-old Savattere, and in 2005 little Chloe was born, putting the number of kids Marino has at seven (he and his wife Claire have six kids). To keep everything as quiet as could be, Marino paid Savattere millions of dollars in hush money. But as is usually the case, these types of things can’t be kept a secret forever. To his credit, Marino owned up to everything, releasing a written statement to The Post… “This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” he told The Post in a written statement yesterday (which happened to be his 28th wedding anniversary…) “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.” “My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together. And we continue to be a strong and loving family.” For a guy who comes off as one of sports’ great family men, this truly is a shocker. The report also says that he has been in contact with 7-year-old Chloe, as part of the original agreement between old No.13 and Savattere. Marino is in New Orleans preparing for Super Bowl XLVII with Boomer Esiason, James Brown, Bill Cowher, and the rest of the CBS crew. I doubt this will come up at any time during CBS’ broadcast of the big game, but if it does, my money’s on Shannon Sharpe and his big trap. [Bob's Blitz] The post Dan Marino paid millions in hush money to cover up a 2004 affair and the child it produced appeared first on Last Angry Fan.

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