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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, buy nicotinell

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

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

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

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

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