Chest Pain

Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, chest pain

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Pete McQuaid on Twitter @sweetestpete.