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

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

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