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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order discount methox 400 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 methox 400" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order discount methox 400 "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order discount methox 400 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 methox 400 Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order discount methox 400 along with the National Financial Educators Council, order discount methox 400 sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order discount methox 400 which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order discount methox 400 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 methox 400" said Michelle Silveira, order discount methox 400 senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order discount methox 400 "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order discount methox 400 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 methox 400 covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order discount methox 400 The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order discount methox 400 Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order discount methox 400 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 methox 400 who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order discount methox 400 He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order discount methox 400 Mo., order discount methox 400 the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order discount methox 400 He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order discount methox 400 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 methox 400 youhave more respect for it, order discount methox 400" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order discount methox 400 each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order discount methox 400 athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order discount methox 400 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 methox 400 that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, order discount methox 400" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Order discount methox 400 After the presentation, order discount methox 400 he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Order discount methox 400 Though he encountered many Patriots fans, order discount methox 400 Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, order discount methox 400 he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order discount methox 400 because each of them, order discount methox 400 in some way, order discount methox 400 will have money in their future, order discount methox 400" said Lloyd. Order discount methox 400 "But all it takes is one kid. Order discount methox 400 I come from a family of educators, order discount methox 400 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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