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

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

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

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