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

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

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

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

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

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