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

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

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

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