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

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

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

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