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

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

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

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