Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time passing mark of 71,940 yards in the second quarter of the New Orleans Saints' 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Brees set the record on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith.
He needed 201 yards to surpass Manning's mark. He finished the game completing 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He currently has 72,103 career passing yards.
"There's just so many people who are responsible for that," Brees, 39, said after the game. "Two of the people who are most responsible for my football career early on in my life are up in heaven. My mom and my grandfather. There were a lot of people I wanted to prove right tonight and make proud, and none more so than them. I know they're watching down on me at all times and my kids.
"Just so grateful, just so grateful for the opportunity to play this game and to play for so long," Brees continued. "To have teammates that I have, the New Orleans Saints organization, this great city and this great fan base, it's just truly been a dream come true. I'll be able to reflect on it maybe a little bit more when my career is done -- I still feel like there's work to be done -- but I'm just really, really proud and very grateful."