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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, order discount energy patch pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


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

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

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

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