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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order flonase 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 flonase online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order flonase online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order flonase 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 flonase online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order flonase online along with the National Financial Educators Council, order flonase online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order flonase online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order flonase online workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order flonase online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order flonase online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order flonase online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order flonase 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 flonase online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order flonase online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order flonase online Mo., order flonase online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order flonase online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order flonase 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 flonase online youhave more respect for it, order flonase online" said Lloyd.

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

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

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