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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Cheap brafix online And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Cheap brafix online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, cheap brafix online along with the National Financial Educators Council, cheap brafix online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, cheap brafix online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, cheap brafix online workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, cheap brafix online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Cheap brafix online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, cheap brafix online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, cheap brafix 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 brafix online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Cheap brafix online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, cheap brafix online Mo., cheap brafix online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Cheap brafix online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, cheap brafix online which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, cheap brafix online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, cheap brafix online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, cheap brafix online Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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