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

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

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

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

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