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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, phentrimine in us

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

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

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

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

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