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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, isoniazid free delivery pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, isoniazid free delivery who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Isoniazid free delivery He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, isoniazid free delivery Mo., isoniazid free delivery the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Isoniazid free delivery He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, isoniazid free delivery 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, isoniazid free delivery youhave more respect for it, isoniazid free delivery" said Lloyd.

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"When you have that discipline and focus, isoniazid free delivery that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, isoniazid free delivery" said Lloyd.

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

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