Brees is roughly 5,000 yards ahead of the next active player on the all-time passing list - No. 4 Tom Brady at 67,077.
Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Brees was 35 yards short of the record at that point and Peyton Manning would be No. 1 for one more play. Brees's next move was to the sideline, where his wife, children and Saints Coach Sean Payton awaited emotional embraces.
Manning's record stood since 2015 when the future Hall of Famer passed Brett Favre's mark of 71,838 yards, which had been in place since 2007.
Week 5 of the 2018 National Football League season produced quite a few noteworthy moments, but, as Monday evening approached, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took center stage. His family joined him on the field, and TV cameras even caught a few fans shedding tears. However, he had pre-recorded a congratulatory message played on the Superdome's video boards.
Manning later shared a tribute video with Brees.
Brees came into Week 5 not only leading the NFL in completion percentage, but with a mark higher than the 72.0 he posted past year, which set a single-season league record. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
Brees, who's 39 years old now, has put together a superb career to this point, with a Super Bowl victory and MVP honors in that game.
Then he gets serious and congratulates Brees for real.
"It's great to have him back", Payton said, stressing the Ingram's presence reduces the physical toll on fellow running back Alvin Kamara.