James Scully was a four-year letterman in football from 1986 to 1990 and was a two-time team captain. In his five years with the program, Hofstra posted a 45-5 regular season record, including a 10-0 mark in 1990, and qualified for the Division III Playoffs in every season.
As a freshman in 1986, James was second on the team in rushing with 458 yards on 84 carries, while also adding two touchdowns. He also hauled in five passes for 144 yards and a score that season. A shoulder injury forced him to miss the 1987 season, but James returned in 1988 to lead the Pride in receiving with 22 receptions for 456 yards and five scores.
In 1989, as a team co-captain, James ranked second on the team with 594 rushing yards on 93 carries. In 1990 he served once again as a team co-captain and moved to the defensive side of the ball and led the Pride with 11 sacks from his defensive end position. He also added 60 tackles, including 33 solo stops, which ranked fourth on the team. For his efforts James was a third team Champion All-American and an ECAC Metro NY/NJ All-Star. He also received the 1990 Iron Mike Award as Hofstra’s Most Valuable Player.
Following his senior season James signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets.
In 2001 James returned to Hofstra to attend law school and is currently a partner in the law firm of Daniels and Norelli, P.C.