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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy no rx nicocease 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 no rx nicocease" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy no rx nicocease "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy no rx nicocease 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 no rx nicocease Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy no rx nicocease along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy no rx nicocease sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy no rx nicocease which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy no rx nicocease 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 no rx nicocease" said Michelle Silveira, buy no rx nicocease senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy no rx nicocease "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy no rx nicocease 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 no rx nicocease covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy no rx nicocease The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy no rx nicocease Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy no rx nicocease each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy no rx nicocease who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy no rx nicocease He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy no rx nicocease Mo., buy no rx nicocease the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy no rx nicocease He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy no rx nicocease 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 no rx nicocease youhave more respect for it, buy no rx nicocease" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy no rx nicocease each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy no rx nicocease athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy no rx nicocease 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 no rx nicocease that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy no rx nicocease" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Buy no rx nicocease After the presentation, buy no rx nicocease he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy no rx nicocease Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy no rx nicocease Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy no rx nicocease he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, buy no rx nicocease because each of them, buy no rx nicocease in some way, buy no rx nicocease will have money in their future, buy no rx nicocease" said Lloyd. Buy no rx nicocease "But all it takes is one kid. Buy no rx nicocease I come from a family of educators, buy no rx nicocease 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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