NFL great and CBS Sports analyst Dan Marino lost 22 pounds on Nutrisystem. “My friends call me ‘Skinny.’”
A former CBS employee calls the married father of six the golden goose. The NYP reports Marino paid millions in hush money to a CBS Sports production assistant to keep her yap shut about Marino knocking her up in 2004.
NYP Page Six: Dan Marino is famous for his touchdowns — but the Hall of Famer’s scoring off the field is downright shocking.
The married gridiron great — a pregame analyst for CBS since 2003 who will be doing this Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast — sired a love child with a network underling and then paid her millions to keep quiet, sources have exclusively told The Post.
The ex-Miami Dolphin QB — who has long had an image as one of pro sports’ most squeaky-clean guys — knocked up Donna Savattere, a then-35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports’ Manhattan studio.
CUTIE: Donna Savattere with Chloe, her daughter from an affair with NFL great Dan Marino.
She gave birth to their daughter, Chloe, in June 2005.
“They had an affair, and she had a baby,” said a source. “Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
News of the affair and child comes as Marino is set to work Sunday’s big “Super Bowl Today” telecast.
He and other former NFL greats, such as Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe, will jaw about the big game for hours before the 6:30 p.m. kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The revelation could make for some awkward moments during the long broadcast, which starts at 2 p.m.
Marino yesterday admitted to his dalliance.
“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. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.
Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino had an affair with a CBS employee and later paid the woman millions of dollars to support their daughter, sources say.
At the time of the affair and Chloe’s birth, Marino was married to his wife of 20 years, Claire, with whom he had six kids, including four sons and two adopted daughters.
The birth of baby Chloe came about two months before Marino’s Hall of Fame induction — at which his son Daniel made what danmarino.com called “a moving tribute to his father.”
Marino insisted that his marriage is still intact, despite the affair.
“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” he wrote yesterday — which happened to be his 28th wedding anniversary.
“And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Marino agreed to pay Savattere millions to care for Chloe, sources say, and she moved to Texas as part of the deal.
It’s not clear exactly how much Marino paid. But after getting the dough, Savattere apparently started living large.
She soon returned to New York from the Lone Star State, splitting her time between the Upper West Side and the Hamptons, where she became a fixture on the social scene.
The source said that Marino, 51, has been in touch with his now-7-year-old daughter.
Friday update NYP: During the seven long years that Marino kept the tawdry secret from the public and his superiors at CBS, he signed “numerous contracts” that kept him lucratively employed.
Did Marino‘s baby mama blab in a book? NYP Page Six.