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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order cheap echinacea 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 echinacea" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order cheap echinacea "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order cheap echinacea 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 echinacea Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order cheap echinacea along with the National Financial Educators Council, order cheap echinacea sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order cheap echinacea which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order cheap echinacea 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 echinacea" said Michelle Silveira, order cheap echinacea senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order cheap echinacea "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order cheap echinacea 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 echinacea covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order cheap echinacea The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order cheap echinacea Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order cheap echinacea 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 echinacea who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order cheap echinacea He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order cheap echinacea Mo., order cheap echinacea the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order cheap echinacea He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order cheap echinacea 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 echinacea youhave more respect for it, order cheap echinacea" said Lloyd.

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

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

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