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


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

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

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

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

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