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


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

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

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

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