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

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

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

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

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

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