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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy discount high absorption magnesium 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 high absorption magnesium" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy discount high absorption magnesium "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy discount high absorption magnesium 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 high absorption magnesium Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy discount high absorption magnesium along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy discount high absorption magnesium sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy discount high absorption magnesium which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy discount high absorption magnesium workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy discount high absorption magnesium covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy discount high absorption magnesium The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy discount high absorption magnesium Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy discount high absorption magnesium 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 high absorption magnesium who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy discount high absorption magnesium He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy discount high absorption magnesium Mo., buy discount high absorption magnesium the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy discount high absorption magnesium He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy discount high absorption magnesium 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 high absorption magnesium youhave more respect for it, buy discount high absorption magnesium" said Lloyd.

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

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

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