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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order sinemet pmcquaid@lowellsun.com

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

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

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

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order sinemet because each of them, order sinemet in some way, order sinemet will have money in their future, order sinemet" said Lloyd. Order sinemet "But all it takes is one kid. Order sinemet I come from a family of educators, order sinemet 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx