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By Pete McQuaid, order artane cod pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

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