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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order lopressor pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

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