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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 zyloprim 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 zyloprim" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find zyloprim "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find zyloprim 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 zyloprim Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, find zyloprim along with the National Financial Educators Council, find zyloprim sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, find zyloprim which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, find zyloprim workshops and first-loan programs.

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

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

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