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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 cheap endep 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 cheap endep" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find cheap endep "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find cheap endep I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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

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