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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy discount speman 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 speman" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy discount speman "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy discount speman 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 speman Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy discount speman along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy discount speman sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy discount speman which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy discount speman 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 discount speman covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy discount speman The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy discount speman Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy discount speman 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 speman who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy discount speman He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy discount speman Mo., buy discount speman the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy discount speman He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy discount speman 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 discount speman each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy discount speman athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy discount speman 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 discount speman After the presentation, buy discount speman he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy discount speman Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy discount speman Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy discount speman he's happy.

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