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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 docusate 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 docusate" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy docusate "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy docusate 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 docusate Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy docusate along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy docusate sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy docusate which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy docusate 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 docusate" said Michelle Silveira, buy docusate senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy docusate "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy docusate 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 docusate covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy docusate The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy docusate Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy docusate each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy docusate who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy docusate He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy docusate Mo., buy docusate the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy docusate He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy docusate 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 docusate youhave more respect for it, buy docusate" said Lloyd.

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

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

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