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

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

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

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

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