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By Pete McQuaid, order no rx antabuse pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order no rx antabuse 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 no rx antabuse" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order no rx antabuse "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order no rx antabuse 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 no rx antabuse Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order no rx antabuse along with the National Financial Educators Council, order no rx antabuse sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order no rx antabuse which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order no rx antabuse 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 no rx antabuse" said Michelle Silveira, order no rx antabuse senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order no rx antabuse "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order no rx antabuse 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 no rx antabuse covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order no rx antabuse The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order no rx antabuse Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order no rx antabuse each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order no rx antabuse who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order no rx antabuse He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order no rx antabuse Mo., order no rx antabuse the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order no rx antabuse He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order no rx antabuse 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 no rx antabuse youhave more respect for it, order no rx antabuse" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order no rx antabuse each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order no rx antabuse athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order no rx antabuse 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 no rx antabuse that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, order no rx antabuse" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Order no rx antabuse After the presentation, order no rx antabuse he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Order no rx antabuse Though he encountered many Patriots fans, order no rx antabuse Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, order no rx antabuse he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order no rx antabuse because each of them, order no rx antabuse in some way, order no rx antabuse will have money in their future, order no rx antabuse" said Lloyd. Order no rx antabuse "But all it takes is one kid. Order no rx antabuse I come from a family of educators, order no rx antabuse 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