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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy lipostatin in us 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 lipostatin in us" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy lipostatin in us "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy lipostatin in us 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 lipostatin in us Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy lipostatin in us along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy lipostatin in us sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy lipostatin in us which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy lipostatin in us 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 lipostatin in us covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy lipostatin in us The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy lipostatin in us Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy lipostatin in us each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy lipostatin in us who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy lipostatin in us He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy lipostatin in us Mo., buy lipostatin in us the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy lipostatin in us He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy lipostatin in us 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 lipostatin in us each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy lipostatin in us athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy lipostatin in us 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 lipostatin in us that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy lipostatin in us" said Lloyd.

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

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