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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Brahmi in canada 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, brahmi in canada" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Brahmi in canada "I looked at it as a means to an end. Brahmi in canada I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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

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