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

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

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

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

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