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

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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, cheap trandate online youhave more respect for it, cheap trandate online" said Lloyd.

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

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

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