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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, no rx retin a 0.025% pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. No rx retin a 0.025% 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, no rx retin a 0.025%" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. No rx retin a 0.025% "I looked at it as a means to an end. No rx retin a 0.025% 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. No rx retin a 0.025% Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, no rx retin a 0.025% along with the National Financial Educators Council, no rx retin a 0.025% sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, no rx retin a 0.025% which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, no rx retin a 0.025% 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, no rx retin a 0.025%" said Michelle Silveira, no rx retin a 0.025% senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. No rx retin a 0.025% "Even if they're saving as little as $10, no rx retin a 0.025% 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, no rx retin a 0.025% covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. No rx retin a 0.025% The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, no rx retin a 0.025% Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, no rx retin a 0.025% each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, no rx retin a 0.025% who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. No rx retin a 0.025% He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, no rx retin a 0.025% Mo., no rx retin a 0.025% the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. No rx retin a 0.025% He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, no rx retin a 0.025% 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, no rx retin a 0.025% youhave more respect for it, no rx retin a 0.025%" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, no rx retin a 0.025% each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, no rx retin a 0.025% athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, no rx retin a 0.025% 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, no rx retin a 0.025% that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, no rx retin a 0.025%" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. No rx retin a 0.025% After the presentation, no rx retin a 0.025% he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. No rx retin a 0.025% Though he encountered many Patriots fans, no rx retin a 0.025% Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, no rx retin a 0.025% he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, no rx retin a 0.025% because each of them, no rx retin a 0.025% in some way, no rx retin a 0.025% will have money in their future, no rx retin a 0.025%" said Lloyd. No rx retin a 0.025% "But all it takes is one kid. No rx retin a 0.025% I come from a family of educators, no rx retin a 0.025% 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