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

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

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

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

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