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

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

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

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

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

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