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

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

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

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

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