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

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

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

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

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