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


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

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

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

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

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