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

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

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, discount lamisil each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, discount lamisil athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, discount lamisil Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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