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

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

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

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

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

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