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

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