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

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

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

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