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

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

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

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

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