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

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

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

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

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