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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy cheap styplon 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 styplon" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy cheap styplon "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy cheap styplon 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 styplon Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy cheap styplon along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy cheap styplon sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy cheap styplon which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy cheap styplon workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy cheap styplon covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy cheap styplon The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy cheap styplon Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy cheap styplon each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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