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

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

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

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