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

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

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

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