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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order kick smoking patch cod 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 kick smoking patch cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order kick smoking patch cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order kick smoking patch cod 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 kick smoking patch cod Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order kick smoking patch cod along with the National Financial Educators Council, order kick smoking patch cod sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order kick smoking patch cod which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order kick smoking patch cod 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 kick smoking patch cod" said Michelle Silveira, order kick smoking patch cod senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Order kick smoking patch cod "Even if they're saving as little as $10, order kick smoking patch cod 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 kick smoking patch cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order kick smoking patch cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order kick smoking patch cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order kick smoking patch cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order kick smoking patch cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order kick smoking patch cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order kick smoking patch cod Mo., order kick smoking patch cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order kick smoking patch cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order kick smoking patch cod 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 kick smoking patch cod youhave more respect for it, order kick smoking patch cod" said Lloyd.

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

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

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