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

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

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

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

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