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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 penisole And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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

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