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.
"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.' "