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

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

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

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

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

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