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"I never saw sports as my future, buy confido online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy confido online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy confido online 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 confido online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy confido online along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy confido online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy confido online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy confido online 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 confido online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy confido online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy confido online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy confido online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy confido online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy confido online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy confido online Mo., buy confido online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy confido online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy confido online which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy confido online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy confido online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy confido online Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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