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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 energy patch And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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

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