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

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

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

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