CHESAPEAKE -- A former pro football player from Chesapeake says he suffered a concussion when he was attack by a group of teens.
Beard says he approached the group in order to try to restore peace. Instead, they turned on him.
'I stayed on my bike when they circled me,' described Beard.
The 71-year-old says about 15 teens started attacking him and that he was knocked unconscious. He also suffered a black eye and cuts and bruises.
'Apparently they didn't know who I was and this could have happened to anybody. You've got to be careful,' Beard said.
The former NFL player says the teens ran off after they beat him.
Chesapeake police haven't identified any suspects.
Beard starred at Oscar F. Smith High School and played linebacker and on special teams from 1965 to 1972 for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.