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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find discount floxin 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 discount floxin" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find discount floxin "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find discount floxin 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 discount floxin Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, find discount floxin along with the National Financial Educators Council, find discount floxin sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, find discount floxin which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, find discount floxin 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 discount floxin covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find discount floxin The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find discount floxin Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find discount floxin 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 discount floxin each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, find discount floxin athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, find discount floxin 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 discount floxin After the presentation, find discount floxin he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find discount floxin Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find discount floxin Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find discount floxin he's happy.

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