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

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

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

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

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