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

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, find coral calcium cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find coral calcium cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find coral calcium cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find coral calcium cod 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 coral calcium cod each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, find coral calcium cod athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, find coral calcium cod Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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