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


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

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

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

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

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