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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, imodium overnight delivery

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

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

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

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

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