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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. Free zyrtec 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 zyrtec" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Free zyrtec "I looked at it as a means to an end. Free zyrtec I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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

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

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, free zyrtec because each of them, free zyrtec in some way, free zyrtec will have money in their future, free zyrtec" said Lloyd. Free zyrtec "But all it takes is one kid. Free zyrtec I come from a family of educators, free zyrtec 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx