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


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

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"Once you view money as something that requires labor, vasodilan overnight delivery youhave more respect for it, vasodilan overnight delivery" said Lloyd.

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"When you have that discipline and focus, vasodilan overnight delivery that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, vasodilan overnight delivery" said Lloyd.

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

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, vasodilan overnight delivery because each of them, vasodilan overnight delivery in some way, vasodilan overnight delivery will have money in their future, vasodilan overnight delivery" said Lloyd. Vasodilan overnight delivery "But all it takes is one kid. Vasodilan overnight delivery I come from a family of educators, vasodilan overnight delivery 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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SOURCE: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22080021/hes-got-game-plan-succe#ixzz2DjnHYEjx