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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 dulcolax 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 dulcolax" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find dulcolax "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find dulcolax 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 dulcolax covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find dulcolax The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find dulcolax Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find dulcolax 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 dulcolax After the presentation, find dulcolax he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find dulcolax Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find dulcolax Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find dulcolax he's happy.

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