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

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

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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, discount revia youhave more respect for it, discount revia" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, discount revia each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, discount revia athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, discount revia 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 revia After the presentation, discount revia he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Discount revia Though he encountered many Patriots fans, discount revia Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, discount revia he's happy.

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