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

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

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Buy discount pain relief patch online After the presentation, buy discount pain relief patch online he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy discount pain relief patch online Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy discount pain relief patch online Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy discount pain relief 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 pain relief patch online because each of them, buy discount pain relief patch online in some way, buy discount pain relief patch online will have money in their future, buy discount pain relief patch online" said Lloyd. Buy discount pain relief patch online "But all it takes is one kid. Buy discount pain relief patch online I come from a family of educators, buy discount pain relief 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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