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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find duetact online And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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

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