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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, mexitil free sample

All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Mexitil 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, mexitil free sample" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Mexitil free sample "I looked at it as a means to an end. Mexitil 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. Mexitil free sample Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, mexitil free sample along with the National Financial Educators Council, mexitil free sample sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, mexitil free sample which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, mexitil free sample workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, mexitil free sample" said Michelle Silveira, mexitil free sample senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Mexitil free sample "Even if they're saving as little as $10, mexitil free sample that's still making a difference."

Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, mexitil free sample covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Mexitil free sample The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, mexitil free sample Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, mexitil 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, mexitil free sample who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Mexitil free sample He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, mexitil free sample Mo., mexitil free sample the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Mexitil free sample He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, mexitil 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, mexitil free sample youhave more respect for it, mexitil free sample" said Lloyd.

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

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

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