time to say goodbye
January 22, 2020

Eli Manning, the quarterback who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl wins, is retiring after 16 seasons, the Giants said Wednesday.

Manning, 39, will make a formal announcement during a press conference on Friday. "For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field," John Mara, president and CEO of the Giants, said in a statement. "Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise's history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us."

Manning set several franchise records, including most touchdown passes (366), completed passes (4,895), and passing yards (57,023). Catherine Garcia

March 24, 2019

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, saying on Instagram he's "so grateful" for the time he spent on the team.

Gronkowski, 29, played nine seasons with the Patriots, and he thanked his teammates, fans, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Coach Bill Belichick for their support. "Now it's time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will truly be a part of my heart for [the] rest of my life," he said. A person with knowledge of the matter told ESPN that Gronkowski told Kraft about his decision in a phone call Sunday.

Quarterback Tom Brady praised Gronkowski on Instagram, calling it an "honor and privilege" to play with him. "You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field!" he said. Gronkowski played 115 regular season games, with 521 receptions for 17,861 yards, and 16 playoff games, with 81 receptions for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns, records for a tight end. Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2018

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram, are leaving the company, saying they plan on "taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again."

They founded the photo-sharing app in 2010 and sold it to Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. Systrom is the company's CEO and Krieger the chief technology officer, and in a blog post Monday night, Systrom said in order to build something new, they need to "step back, understand what inspires us, and match that with what the world needs."

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Systrom and Krieger were clashing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the direction of Instagram, frustrated that he was spending more and more time in the day-to-day operations of the brand. In a statement, Zuckerberg called Systrom and Krieger "extraordinary product leaders" with "creative talents. I've learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it." Catherine Garcia

April 30, 2018

We've all been there, and sometimes, when work gets in the way of expanding our collection of sports cars, the only option is to quit.

Jan Koum is the billionaire CEO and co-founder of the messaging service WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago. He's also a member of Facebook's board, and The Washington Post reported on Monday he's leaving the company because he's unhappy with how Facebook handles personal data and encryption.

In his farewell message on Facebook, though, Koum merely said WhatsApp has a team that's "stronger than ever" and he is off to grow his collection of "rare air-cooled Porsches" and play ultimate frisbee. Koum started WhatsApp in 2009 with Brian Acton, who left Facebook in 2017 to launch a nonprofit. Catherine Garcia

April 9, 2018

Facebook is down one very famous user: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The company is continuing to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal — last week, Facebook estimated that as many as 87 million users may have had their data improperly shared with the political data analysis firm, and that's what pushed Wozniak to deactivate his account on Sunday. "I am in the process of leaving Facebook," he wrote. "It's brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages."

Wozniak told USA Today he did not delete his page because he does not want anyone else to have his "stevewoz" screen name, but is bothered by users providing "every detail of their life" to Facebook. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said. "The profits are all based on the user's info, but the users get none of the profits back." Wozniak also said he'd prefer paying for Facebook as opposed to having his personal information used by advertisers. Catherine Garcia

March 25, 2018

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) announced Sunday that due to the "political environment," he will not seek re-election in 2018.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania's congressional map drawn in 2011 was unconstitutional, and Costello would have been running in the newly drawn 6th congressional district. He told the Delaware County Daily Times he wasn't afraid of losing but was tired of the "hate out there, from the left especially, and it's a very angry environment." He also lamented how hard it is to get anything done in Washington. "Whether it's Stormy Daniels or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it's very difficult to move forward in a constructive way today," he said.

Costello told the Daily Times he plans on returning to the private sector. He is just the latest in a wave of Republicans who have announced they will not be returning to Congress. Catherine Garcia

December 20, 2017

Al Franken's last day in the Senate will be Jan. 2, his spokesman announced Wednesday.

The Minnesota Democrat announced his resignation in early December, after multiple women accused him of making unwanted sexual advances and several of his fellow Democrats called on him to step down. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been tapped by Gov. Mark Dayton to replace Franken, and she will be sworn in on Jan. 3. Catherine Garcia

November 29, 2015

In an open letter posted online Sunday, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant announced that the current NBA season will be his last.

"My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it's time to say goodbye," the 37-year-old wrote on The Players Tribune. Bryant, now in his 20th season, has been with the Lakers since 1996, when he was a 17-year-old brought to the team after Vlade Divac was sent to the Charlotte Hornets. He has won five NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals, and was an NBA All-Star pick 17 times and an NBA MVP. In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Bryant "one of the greatest players in the history of our game." Catherine Garcia

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