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

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

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

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

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, speman free sample because each of them, speman free sample in some way, speman free sample will have money in their future, speman free sample" said Lloyd. Speman free sample "But all it takes is one kid. Speman free sample I come from a family of educators, speman free sample 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx