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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 vytorin 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 vytorin" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find vytorin "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find vytorin I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Find vytorin Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, find vytorin along with the National Financial Educators Council, find vytorin sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, find vytorin which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, find vytorin workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, find vytorin" said Michelle Silveira, find vytorin senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Find vytorin "Even if they're saving as little as $10, find vytorin that's still making a difference."

Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, find vytorin covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find vytorin The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find vytorin Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find vytorin each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, find vytorin who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Find vytorin He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, find vytorin Mo., find vytorin the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Find vytorin He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, find vytorin which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, find vytorin youhave more respect for it, find vytorin" said Lloyd.

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

"When you have that discipline and focus, find vytorin that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, find vytorin" said Lloyd.

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

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