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By Pete McQuaid, cialis trazodone pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, cialis trazodone because each of them, cialis trazodone in some way, cialis trazodone will have money in their future, cialis trazodone" said Lloyd. Cialis trazodone "But all it takes is one kid. Cialis trazodone I come from a family of educators, cialis trazodone 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx