Peripheral Arterial Disease

Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, peripheral arterial disease

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

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

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

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

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