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

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

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

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

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