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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 lh ovulation strip test cod And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy lh ovulation strip test cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy lh ovulation strip test cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy lh ovulation strip test cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy lh ovulation strip test cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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

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