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

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

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

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

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