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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 tofranil 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 tofranil" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find tofranil "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find tofranil 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 tofranil Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, find tofranil along with the National Financial Educators Council, find tofranil sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, find tofranil which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, find tofranil workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, find tofranil covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find tofranil The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find tofranil Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find tofranil each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, find tofranil youhave more respect for it, find tofranil" said Lloyd.

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

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