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

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy microlean who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy microlean He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy microlean Mo., buy microlean the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy microlean He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy microlean 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 microlean each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy microlean athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy microlean 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 microlean After the presentation, buy microlean he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy microlean Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy microlean Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy microlean he's happy.

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