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

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

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

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