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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy lioresal 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 lioresal" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy lioresal "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy lioresal I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy lioresal covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy lioresal The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy lioresal Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy lioresal each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy lioresal each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy lioresal athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy lioresal 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 lioresal After the presentation, buy lioresal he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy lioresal Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy lioresal Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy lioresal he's happy.

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