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

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

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

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

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