Dan Marino, former Miami Dolphins golden boy, had an affair with CBS coworker Donna Savattere that resulted in a love child.

Marino, 51, retired from the NFL in 1999 and began working as a pregame analyst for CBS in 2003. It was at the CBS Sports' Manhattan studio that he met the then-35-year-old production assistant Savaterre. At the time, Marino and his wife, Claire Marino, had been together for 20 years.

Savaterre gave birth to their daughter, Chloe Alexis Savattere, in June of 2005. "They had an affair, and she had a baby," a source told the New York Post. "Everything was on the down-low and secretive." The ex-QB reportedly paid Savaterre millions of dollars with which to raise their daughter, and to keep quiet. Chloe, with whom Marino has been in touch with over the years, is his seventh child. He and Claire have raised six children together, including four sons and two daughters who are adopted.

“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” Marino said in a statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.” One of the parties involved, of course, is his wife. Although it remains unclear whether or not Claire knew about the affair and the child, Marino is confident that his marriage will weather the revelation and ensuing media frenzy.

“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” he wrote yesterday, which unfortunately for the couple was also their 28th anniversary. “And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”

Marino will be suiting up for the Super Bowl Today telecast on Sunday alongside Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe that will run from 2 p.m. until kickoff at 6:30 p.m. "Dan has said all there is to say on this matter, and will be in his usual role on our broadcast Super Bowl Sunday," CBS said in a statement.

As for Savaterre, she's currently married to Nahill Younis with whom she also has a child. She has reportedly petitioned to change the last name of her and Marino's daughter from Savaterre to Younis.

— Chelsea Regan

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