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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, acticin in us

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Acticin in us And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, acticin in us" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Acticin in us "I looked at it as a means to an end. Acticin in us I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Acticin in us Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, acticin in us along with the National Financial Educators Council, acticin in us sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, acticin in us which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, acticin in us workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, acticin in us" said Michelle Silveira, acticin in us senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Acticin in us "Even if they're saving as little as $10, acticin in us that's still making a difference."

Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, acticin in us covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Acticin in us The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, acticin in us Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, acticin in us each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, acticin in us who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Acticin in us He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, acticin in us Mo., acticin in us the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Acticin in us He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, acticin in us which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, acticin in us youhave more respect for it, acticin in us" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, acticin in us each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, acticin in us athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, acticin in us Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, acticin in us that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, acticin in us" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Acticin in us After the presentation, acticin in us he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Acticin in us Though he encountered many Patriots fans, acticin in us Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, acticin in us he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, acticin in us because each of them, acticin in us in some way, acticin in us will have money in their future, acticin in us" said Lloyd. Acticin in us "But all it takes is one kid. Acticin in us I come from a family of educators, acticin in us and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."

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