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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order grifulvin v cod And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Order grifulvin v cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order grifulvin v cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, order grifulvin v cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order grifulvin v cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order grifulvin v cod 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 grifulvin v cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order grifulvin v cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order grifulvin v cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order grifulvin v 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 grifulvin v cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order grifulvin v cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order grifulvin v cod Mo., order grifulvin v cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order grifulvin v cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order grifulvin v 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 grifulvin v cod youhave more respect for it, order grifulvin v cod" said Lloyd.

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

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

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