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


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

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

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

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

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