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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order zebeta online 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 zebeta online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order zebeta online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order zebeta online 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 zebeta online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order zebeta online along with the National Financial Educators Council, order zebeta online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order zebeta online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order zebeta online workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order zebeta online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order zebeta online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order zebeta online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order zebeta online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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

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