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By Pete McQuaid, order eulexin cod pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

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