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

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

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

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