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


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

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

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

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