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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order ortho tri cyclen 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 ortho tri cyclen online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order ortho tri cyclen online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order ortho tri cyclen 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 ortho tri cyclen online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order ortho tri cyclen online along with the National Financial Educators Council, order ortho tri cyclen online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order ortho tri cyclen online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order ortho tri cyclen online workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order ortho tri cyclen online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order ortho tri cyclen online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order ortho tri cyclen online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order ortho tri cyclen 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 ortho tri cyclen online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order ortho tri cyclen online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order ortho tri cyclen online Mo., order ortho tri cyclen online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order ortho tri cyclen online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order ortho tri cyclen 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 ortho tri cyclen online youhave more respect for it, order ortho tri cyclen online" said Lloyd.

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

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

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