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

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

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

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