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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, didronel overnight delivery pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Didronel overnight delivery 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, didronel overnight delivery" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Didronel overnight delivery "I looked at it as a means to an end. Didronel overnight delivery 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. Didronel overnight delivery Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, didronel overnight delivery along with the National Financial Educators Council, didronel overnight delivery sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, didronel overnight delivery which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, didronel overnight delivery 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, didronel overnight delivery covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Didronel overnight delivery The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, didronel overnight delivery Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, didronel overnight delivery 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, didronel overnight delivery youhave more respect for it, didronel overnight delivery" said Lloyd.

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"When you have that discipline and focus, didronel overnight delivery that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, didronel overnight delivery" said Lloyd.

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

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