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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy carboxactin 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 carboxactin cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy carboxactin cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy carboxactin 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 carboxactin cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy carboxactin cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy carboxactin cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy carboxactin cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy carboxactin 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 carboxactin cod" said Michelle Silveira, buy carboxactin cod senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy carboxactin cod "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy carboxactin 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 carboxactin cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy carboxactin cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy carboxactin cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy carboxactin 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 carboxactin cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy carboxactin cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy carboxactin cod Mo., buy carboxactin cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy carboxactin cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy carboxactin 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 carboxactin cod youhave more respect for it, buy carboxactin cod" said Lloyd.

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

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

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