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

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, free nicotinell covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Free nicotinell The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, free nicotinell Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, free nicotinell 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. Free nicotinell After the presentation, free nicotinell he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Free nicotinell Though he encountered many Patriots fans, free nicotinell Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, free nicotinell he's happy.

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