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

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy hytrin each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy hytrin athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy hytrin Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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