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

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

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