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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, find flagyl er firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find flagyl er 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 flagyl er" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find flagyl er "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find flagyl er I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."
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Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Find flagyl er After the presentation, find flagyl er he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find flagyl er Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find flagyl er Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find flagyl er he's happy.
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