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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, buy alco screen alcohol test cod pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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

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