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

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

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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, quickbust in us youhave more respect for it, quickbust in us" said Lloyd.

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

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

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