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

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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, find discount pulmicort youhave more respect for it, find discount pulmicort" said Lloyd.

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

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