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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, discount brafix

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

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

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

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

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