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


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

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

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

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

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