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


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

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

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

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