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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 prevacid 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 prevacid" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find prevacid "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find prevacid 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 prevacid covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find prevacid The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find prevacid Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find prevacid each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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