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

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

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

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