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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order cheap synaral online pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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