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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Coral calcium in canada 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, coral calcium in canada" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Coral calcium in canada "I looked at it as a means to an end. Coral calcium in canada I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, coral calcium in canada covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Coral calcium in canada The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, coral calcium in canada Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, coral calcium in canada 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, coral calcium in canada youhave more respect for it, coral calcium in canada" said Lloyd.

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

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

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