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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order hip & joint chews cats And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order hip & joint chews cats covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order hip & joint chews cats The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order hip & joint chews cats Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order hip & joint chews cats each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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

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