Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, free pamelor firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Free pamelor 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, free pamelor" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Free pamelor "I looked at it as a means to an end. Free pamelor 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. Free pamelor Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, free pamelor along with the National Financial Educators Council, free pamelor sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, free pamelor which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, free pamelor 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, free pamelor covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Free pamelor The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, free pamelor Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, free pamelor each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, free pamelor who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Free pamelor He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, free pamelor Mo., free pamelor the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Free pamelor He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, free pamelor 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, free pamelor youhave more respect for it, free pamelor" said Lloyd.
Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, free pamelor each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, free pamelor athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, free pamelor 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, free pamelor that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, free pamelor" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Free pamelor After the presentation, free pamelor he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Free pamelor Though he encountered many Patriots fans, free pamelor Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, free pamelor he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, free pamelor because each of them, free pamelor in some way, free pamelor will have money in their future, free pamelor" said Lloyd. Free pamelor "But all it takes is one kid. Free pamelor I come from a family of educators, free pamelor 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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