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By Pete McQuaid, order saw palmetto online pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

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