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

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

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

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