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

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

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

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

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

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