Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, free fucidin firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Free fucidin 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, free fucidin" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Free fucidin "I looked at it as a means to an end. Free fucidin 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. Free fucidin Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, free fucidin along with the National Financial Educators Council, free fucidin sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, free fucidin which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, free fucidin 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, free fucidin" said Michelle Silveira, free fucidin senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Free fucidin "Even if they're saving as little as $10, free fucidin 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, free fucidin covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Free fucidin The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, free fucidin Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, free fucidin each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, free fucidin who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Free fucidin He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, free fucidin Mo., free fucidin the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Free fucidin He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, free fucidin 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, free fucidin youhave more respect for it, free fucidin" said Lloyd.
Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, free fucidin each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, free fucidin athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, free fucidin 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, free fucidin that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, free fucidin" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Free fucidin After the presentation, free fucidin he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Free fucidin Though he encountered many Patriots fans, free fucidin Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, free fucidin he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, free fucidin because each of them, free fucidin in some way, free fucidin will have money in their future, free fucidin" said Lloyd. Free fucidin "But all it takes is one kid. Free fucidin I come from a family of educators, free fucidin 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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