"Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma," read the statement, first published by SI's MMQB. "In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL.
"I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately. I am sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries. I also disclaim any references in the form complaint of current head injuries.”
On Monday, the L.A. Times reported that Marino had joined 14 others in suing the league in a U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleging that the NFL had concealed information about football-related brain injuries and misled players.
According to a Sun-Sentinel source, however, "It was never Marino's intention to initiate litigation in this case, but to ensure that in the event he had adverse health consequences down the road, he would be covered with health benefits. They are working to correct the error."
Marino was the most well-known name attached to the lawsuit, which includes Erik Affholter, Richard Bishop, Bruce Clark, Chris Dugan, Anthony Grant, Mark Green, John Huddleston, Ethan Johnson, LaCurtis Jones, Peter Manning, Moses Moreno, Toddrick McIntosh, Jackie Wallace and Dwight Wheeler.
Marino retired from the NFL following the 1999 season after 17 years in the league. He recently parted way with CBS after serving as an NFL studio analyst since 2002.
Since his departure from CBS, he has been rumored to be interested in a front office position with the Dolphins.