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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy lotensin 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 lotensin in us" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy lotensin in us "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy lotensin 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 lotensin in us Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy lotensin in us along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy lotensin in us sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy lotensin in us which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy lotensin in us 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 lotensin in us" said Michelle Silveira, buy lotensin in us senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy lotensin in us "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy lotensin in us 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 lotensin in us covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy lotensin in us The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy lotensin in us Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy lotensin 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 lotensin in us who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy lotensin in us He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy lotensin in us Mo., buy lotensin in us the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy lotensin in us He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy lotensin 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 lotensin in us each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy lotensin in us athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy lotensin in us 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 lotensin in us After the presentation, buy lotensin in us he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy lotensin in us Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy lotensin in us Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy lotensin in us he's happy.

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