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

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

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

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