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

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order snoroff 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 snoroff cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order snoroff cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order snoroff cod I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order snoroff cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order snoroff cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order snoroff cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order snoroff 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 snoroff cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order snoroff cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order snoroff cod Mo., order snoroff cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order snoroff cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order snoroff 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 snoroff cod youhave more respect for it, order snoroff cod" said Lloyd.

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

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

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