Julius Erving was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, but by that time he already had been a Hall of Famer of a different sort for a decade.

The International Circulation Managers Association named him to the Carrier Hall of Fame in 1983 in recognition of his days delivering Newsday.

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"I only did it for three months, and they made me a Hall of Famer,'' Erving said Friday, laughing. He did recall that Newsday carriers had more cachet than those who worked for the Long Island Press -- with the added bonus of not having a Sunday paper to deliver.

Erving is among dozens of sports and media figures who are former Newsday paperboys, from CBS president Leslie Moonves (Valley Stream) to NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels (North Bellmore) and far beyond.

But Erving found more satisfaction initially working on a truck that delivered many newspapers, including Newsday, to distribution points. When he was old enough for his own route, his pay dropped from about $12 per week to $3 to $5, depending on tips and "if you could collect from people."

"It was a much more complicated thing,'' he said. "I did it for three months and I was like, 'This ain't worth it. I'll do something else.' "