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By Pete McQuaid, order gyne lotrimin pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

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