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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, no rx plavix

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. No rx plavix 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, no rx plavix" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. No rx plavix "I looked at it as a means to an end. No rx plavix 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. No rx plavix Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, no rx plavix along with the National Financial Educators Council, no rx plavix sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, no rx plavix which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, no rx plavix 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, no rx plavix covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. No rx plavix The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, no rx plavix Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, no rx plavix each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, no rx plavix who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. No rx plavix He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, no rx plavix Mo., no rx plavix the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. No rx plavix He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, no rx plavix 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, no rx plavix youhave more respect for it, no rx plavix" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, no rx plavix each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, no rx plavix athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, no rx plavix 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, no rx plavix that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, no rx plavix" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. No rx plavix After the presentation, no rx plavix he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. No rx plavix Though he encountered many Patriots fans, no rx plavix Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, no rx plavix he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, no rx plavix because each of them, no rx plavix in some way, no rx plavix will have money in their future, no rx plavix" said Lloyd. No rx plavix "But all it takes is one kid. No rx plavix I come from a family of educators, no rx plavix 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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