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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, lynoral online review

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Lynoral online review 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, lynoral online review" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Lynoral online review "I looked at it as a means to an end. Lynoral online review 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. Lynoral online review Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, lynoral online review along with the National Financial Educators Council, lynoral online review sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, lynoral online review which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, lynoral online review 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, lynoral online review" said Michelle Silveira, lynoral online review senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Lynoral online review "Even if they're saving as little as $10, lynoral online review 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, lynoral online review covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Lynoral online review The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, lynoral online review Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, lynoral online review each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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

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