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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, free lasix

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Free lasix 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 lasix" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Free lasix "I looked at it as a means to an end. Free lasix 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 lasix Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, free lasix along with the National Financial Educators Council, free lasix sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, free lasix which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, free lasix 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, free lasix covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Free lasix The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, free lasix Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, free lasix each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, free lasix who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Free lasix He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, free lasix Mo., free lasix the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Free lasix He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, free lasix 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 lasix youhave more respect for it, free lasix" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, free lasix each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, free lasix athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, free lasix 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 lasix that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, free lasix" said Lloyd.

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

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