Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, muscle relaxant firstname.lastname@example.org
All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Muscle relaxant 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, muscle relaxant" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Muscle relaxant "I looked at it as a means to an end. Muscle relaxant 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. Muscle relaxant Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, muscle relaxant along with the National Financial Educators Council, muscle relaxant sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, muscle relaxant which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, muscle relaxant 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, muscle relaxant" said Michelle Silveira, muscle relaxant senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Muscle relaxant "Even if they're saving as little as $10, muscle relaxant 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, muscle relaxant covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Muscle relaxant The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, muscle relaxant Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, muscle relaxant each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, muscle relaxant who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Muscle relaxant He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, muscle relaxant Mo., muscle relaxant the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Muscle relaxant He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, muscle relaxant 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, muscle relaxant youhave more respect for it, muscle relaxant" said Lloyd.
Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, muscle relaxant each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, muscle relaxant athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, muscle relaxant 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, muscle relaxant that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, muscle relaxant" said Lloyd.
Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Muscle relaxant After the presentation, muscle relaxant he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Muscle relaxant Though he encountered many Patriots fans, muscle relaxant Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, muscle relaxant he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, muscle relaxant because each of them, muscle relaxant in some way, muscle relaxant will have money in their future, muscle relaxant" said Lloyd. Muscle relaxant "But all it takes is one kid. Muscle relaxant I come from a family of educators, muscle relaxant 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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