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


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

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

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

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

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