– 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. 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.”
The New York Post really doesn’t give shits anymore, huh? “Knocked up”? Christ I didn’t think we were at Idiocracy levels just yet.
Of all the things a man could have, nothing is more masculine and dominating than having a secret second family. Nothing. You can buy all the circular saws, bear skin rugs, and Republican-scented soap in the world, but nothing is going to top having another woman and kid that calls you “dad” on the side. Especially when you have enough money to throw at them to keep it quiet for almost a decade. That’s as alpha as it gets.
And honestly, who of us would have expected this from Marino? The man’s been selling the wholesome curly-haired Pittsburgh QB image since back before he probably banged all of our mothers. At least now watching Boomer and Shannon Sharpe try to NOT talk about his secret family while live on air for 20 straight hours is must-see TV. CBS is suddenly watchable again.