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

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

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

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