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

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

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

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