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

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

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

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

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

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