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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy cheap vitamin a & d 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 vitamin a & d" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy cheap vitamin a & d "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy cheap vitamin a & d I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy cheap vitamin a & d covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy cheap vitamin a & d The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy cheap vitamin a & d Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy cheap vitamin a & d each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy cheap vitamin a & d each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy cheap vitamin a & d athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy cheap vitamin a & d Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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