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

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

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

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