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

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

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

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

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