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

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

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

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

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order lotensin because each of them, order lotensin in some way, order lotensin will have money in their future, order lotensin" said Lloyd. Order lotensin "But all it takes is one kid. Order lotensin I come from a family of educators, order lotensin 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx