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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order no rx mentax 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 mentax" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order no rx mentax "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order no rx mentax 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 mentax Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order no rx mentax along with the National Financial Educators Council, order no rx mentax sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order no rx mentax which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order no rx mentax 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 mentax covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order no rx mentax The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order no rx mentax Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order no rx mentax 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 mentax who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order no rx mentax He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order no rx mentax Mo., order no rx mentax the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order no rx mentax He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order no rx mentax 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 mentax youhave more respect for it, order no rx mentax" said Lloyd.

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

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

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