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By Pete McQuaid, order metformin cod pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order metformin cod 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 metformin cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order metformin cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order metformin cod 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 metformin cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order metformin cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, order metformin cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order metformin cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order metformin cod 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 metformin cod" said Michelle Silveira, order metformin cod senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order metformin cod "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order metformin cod 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 metformin cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order metformin cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order metformin cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order metformin 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 metformin cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order metformin cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order metformin cod Mo., order metformin cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order metformin cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order metformin 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 metformin cod youhave more respect for it, order metformin cod" said Lloyd.

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

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

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