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

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

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

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

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