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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, shoot online review

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

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

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

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

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