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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, protein hair cream

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

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

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

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

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