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

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

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

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

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