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

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

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

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

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