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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy quickbust 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 quickbust cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy quickbust cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy quickbust 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 quickbust cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy quickbust cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy quickbust cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy quickbust cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy quickbust 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 quickbust cod" said Michelle Silveira, buy quickbust cod senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy quickbust cod "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy quickbust 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 quickbust cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy quickbust cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy quickbust cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy quickbust 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 quickbust cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy quickbust cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy quickbust cod Mo., buy quickbust cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy quickbust cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy quickbust 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 quickbust cod youhave more respect for it, buy quickbust cod" said Lloyd.

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

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

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