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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order no rx lariam 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 lariam" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order no rx lariam "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order no rx lariam 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 lariam Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order no rx lariam along with the National Financial Educators Council, order no rx lariam sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order no rx lariam which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order no rx lariam workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order no rx lariam covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order no rx lariam The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order no rx lariam Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order no rx lariam 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 lariam who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order no rx lariam He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order no rx lariam Mo., order no rx lariam the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order no rx lariam He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order no rx lariam 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 lariam youhave more respect for it, order no rx lariam" said Lloyd.

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

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

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