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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order cheap altace 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 cheap altace" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order cheap altace "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order cheap altace 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 cheap altace Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order cheap altace along with the National Financial Educators Council, order cheap altace sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order cheap altace which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order cheap altace 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 cheap altace" said Michelle Silveira, order cheap altace senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order cheap altace "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order cheap altace 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 cheap altace covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order cheap altace The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order cheap altace Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order cheap altace each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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

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