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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy cheap viagra 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 viagra" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy cheap viagra "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy cheap viagra 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 viagra Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy cheap viagra along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy cheap viagra sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy cheap viagra which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy cheap viagra 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 viagra" said Michelle Silveira, buy cheap viagra senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy cheap viagra "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy cheap viagra 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 viagra covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy cheap viagra The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy cheap viagra Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy cheap viagra 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 viagra who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy cheap viagra He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy cheap viagra Mo., buy cheap viagra the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy cheap viagra He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy cheap viagra 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 viagra youhave more respect for it, buy cheap viagra" said Lloyd.

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

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

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