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

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

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

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

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

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