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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Zantac online review 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, zantac online review" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Zantac online review "I looked at it as a means to an end. Zantac online review I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, zantac online review covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Zantac online review The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, zantac online review Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, zantac online review each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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