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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, anti stress

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

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

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

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

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