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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order cialis soft tabs cod And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Order cialis soft tabs cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order cialis soft tabs cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, order cialis soft tabs cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order cialis soft tabs cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order cialis soft tabs cod workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order cialis soft tabs cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order cialis soft tabs cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order cialis soft tabs cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order cialis soft tabs cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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

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