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

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, discount digestive support cats who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Discount digestive support cats He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, discount digestive support cats Mo., discount digestive support cats the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Discount digestive support cats He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, discount digestive support cats which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, discount digestive support cats each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, discount digestive support cats athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, discount digestive support cats Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

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

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