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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, antabuse free sample

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Antabuse free sample 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, antabuse free sample" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Antabuse free sample "I looked at it as a means to an end. Antabuse free sample 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. Antabuse free sample Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, antabuse free sample along with the National Financial Educators Council, antabuse free sample sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, antabuse free sample which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, antabuse free sample 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, antabuse free sample" said Michelle Silveira, antabuse free sample senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Antabuse free sample "Even if they're saving as little as $10, antabuse free sample 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, antabuse free sample covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Antabuse free sample The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, antabuse free sample Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, antabuse free sample each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, antabuse free sample who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Antabuse free sample He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, antabuse free sample Mo., antabuse free sample the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Antabuse free sample He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, antabuse free sample 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, antabuse free sample youhave more respect for it, antabuse free sample" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, antabuse free sample each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, antabuse free sample athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, antabuse free sample 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, antabuse free sample that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, antabuse free sample" said Lloyd.

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, antabuse free sample because each of them, antabuse free sample in some way, antabuse free sample will have money in their future, antabuse free sample" said Lloyd. Antabuse free sample "But all it takes is one kid. Antabuse free sample I come from a family of educators, antabuse free sample 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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