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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, buy ismo pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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

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