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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order brafix no rx required pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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

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