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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, find ditropan

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find ditropan 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 ditropan" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find ditropan "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find ditropan 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 ditropan Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, find ditropan along with the National Financial Educators Council, find ditropan sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, find ditropan which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, find ditropan workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, find ditropan" said Michelle Silveira, find ditropan senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Find ditropan "Even if they're saving as little as $10, find ditropan that's still making a difference."

Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, find ditropan covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find ditropan The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find ditropan Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find ditropan each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, find ditropan who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Find ditropan He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, find ditropan Mo., find ditropan the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Find ditropan He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, find ditropan which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

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

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, find ditropan each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, find ditropan athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, find ditropan Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, find ditropan that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, find ditropan" said Lloyd.

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

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