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


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

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

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

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

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