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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, emsam free delivery pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

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