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November 14, 2023 66 mins
As the youngest of 7, Brandon Lloyd had a lot to live up to with successful older siblings and knew from a very young age he wanted to make a name for himself. The recognition started in high school as a stellar football and track athlete. Sure, he was a little on the smaller size, but he made up for size with explosive speed. That got the colleges calling.

He chose the University of Illinois mostly because of the degree he would receive. The NFL wasn’t on his radar, and he had his sights set on a degree in broadcast journalism. After being first team All-Big 10 his sophomore and junior years, his focus changed and he left school early for the NFL draft.

The 49’ers chose him in the 4th round of the 2003 draft and from there Brandon started a career that would span a dozen years and involve many teams including the Denver Broncos. During the 2010 season in Denver, Brandon led the league in receiving yards, was an All-Pro and a Pro Bowler.

After football, Brandon finished his undergraduate degree and took it a step further with an MBA in 2022. He’s currently working in the insurance industry and being dad to two teenage boys.
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