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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, mircette online review pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Mircette 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, mircette online review" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Mircette online review "I looked at it as a means to an end. Mircette 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. Mircette online review Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, mircette online review along with the National Financial Educators Council, mircette online review sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, mircette online review which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, mircette 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, mircette online review" said Michelle Silveira, mircette online review senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Mircette online review "Even if they're saving as little as $10, mircette 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, mircette online review covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Mircette online review The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, mircette online review Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, mircette 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, mircette online review who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Mircette online review He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, mircette online review Mo., mircette online review the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Mircette online review He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, mircette 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, mircette online review youhave more respect for it, mircette online review" said Lloyd.

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

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

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