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

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

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

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