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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order cheap elavil pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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