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

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

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

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