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

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

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