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


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

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

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

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