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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order metabo ultramax 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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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order metabo ultramax cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order metabo ultramax cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order metabo ultramax cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order metabo ultramax cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order metabo ultramax cod each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order metabo ultramax cod athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order metabo ultramax cod Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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