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


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

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

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

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

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