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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, buy cheap norpace cr online pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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

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