Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order shoot firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order shoot 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 shoot" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order shoot "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order shoot 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 shoot Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order shoot along with the National Financial Educators Council, order shoot sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order shoot which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order shoot 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 shoot" said Michelle Silveira, order shoot senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order shoot "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order shoot 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 shoot covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order shoot The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order shoot Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order shoot each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order shoot who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order shoot He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order shoot Mo., order shoot the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order shoot He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order shoot 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 shoot youhave more respect for it, order shoot" said Lloyd.
Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order shoot each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order shoot athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order shoot 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 shoot that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, order shoot" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Order shoot After the presentation, order shoot he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Order shoot Though he encountered many Patriots fans, order shoot Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, order shoot he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order shoot because each of them, order shoot in some way, order shoot will have money in their future, order shoot" said Lloyd. Order shoot "But all it takes is one kid. Order shoot I come from a family of educators, order shoot 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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