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

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Ephedraxin 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, ephedraxin free delivery" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Ephedraxin free delivery "I looked at it as a means to an end. Ephedraxin 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. Ephedraxin free delivery Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, ephedraxin free delivery along with the National Financial Educators Council, ephedraxin free delivery sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, ephedraxin free delivery which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, ephedraxin 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, ephedraxin free delivery covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Ephedraxin free delivery The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, ephedraxin free delivery Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, ephedraxin 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, ephedraxin free delivery who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Ephedraxin free delivery He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, ephedraxin free delivery Mo., ephedraxin free delivery the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Ephedraxin free delivery He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, ephedraxin 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, ephedraxin free delivery youhave more respect for it, ephedraxin free delivery" said Lloyd.

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

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, ephedraxin free delivery because each of them, ephedraxin free delivery in some way, ephedraxin free delivery will have money in their future, ephedraxin free delivery" said Lloyd. Ephedraxin free delivery "But all it takes is one kid. Ephedraxin free delivery I come from a family of educators, ephedraxin 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx