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

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

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

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

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