Strokoff also instructed the jury about awarding punitive damages - an award created to punish Penn State administrators.
"What Penn State has done to Mike McQueary is outrageous", Elliot Strokoff, McQueary's lawyer, told jurors during his closing argument.
Sandusky is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted of abusing 10 young boys during his time as a coach at Penn State.
Throughout the two-week trial, university lawyers maintained that Penn State's decision had nothing to do with McQueary's cooperation with Sandusky investigators.
More money might be coming McQueary's way in the future as Judge Thomas Gavin will be ruling on McQueary's whistle-blower claim that he was sacked from his $104,000-per-year coaching position for speaking out against Sandusky and other school officials.
McQueary has said that he reported what he saw to Paterno and two administrators in the days after the attack.
He claimed that former Penn State President Graham Spanier's statement of support for Curley and Schultz, which expressed confidence the charges against them would be found to be "groundless", implied it was McQueary, not the administrators, who lied to the grand jury.
In the past four years, Penn State has settled claims with 32 Sandusky accusers totaling $93 million in settlements.
"McQueary had a very, very limited network because he had worked at Penn State for his entire career, and I think it was significantly to his detriment that other coaches didn't really branch off from this staff", Roussel said.
McQueary's team has argued throughout the suit, first filed in October 2012, that because of Penn State's actions, including placing him on administrative leave and not renewing his contract, have poisoned his reputation and made it impossible for him to find work in coaching and other fields. "If he was harmed, it was by national media and public opinion".
Paterno was sacked November 9, 2011 in connection with the Sandusky scandal after coaching there for 46 years. "The irony is they sent Native Americans out on these reservations to perish, only to find that there was great wealth beneath the soil", Jackson said.
"Nobody read the presentment before this thing was released and put out there forever", Strokoff said.
"No one told Mr. McQueary, 'You can not go to the police, '" Conrad said.
A state appeals court earlier this year dismissed the perjury charges against the administrators, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schultz.
McQueary charged that he was lied to by Penn State officials and defamed after he testified that a decade before Sandusky's 2011 arrest he told Paterno and university officials that he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a Penn State shower, PennLive.com noted.