The halo was added shortly after Paterno’s death in January 2012. However Pilato painted over the halo in July of that year following the release of a report that stated Paterno and other university officials had attempted to cover up child abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Pilato posted a YouTube video titled ”Halos” in which he shows halos being added to all deceased persons on the mural, including Paterno. Pilato also added a blue ribbon on Paterno’s chest to in increase sexual-abuse awareness.
Sandusky was removed from the mural.
In the video, former Penn State football player Bruce Clark is shown helping Pilato paint the yellow halo above Paterno.
“Today I am righting a personal wrong, because today I am repainting the halos I removed from my “Inspiration” mural in State College,” Pilato wrote in the video’s description. “I am not doing this because I believe all who had them were “saints“ I am doing this because it is the right thing to do.”
Pilato also added that he hopes people view the halos in the mural as a reminder of how short a time individuals have to accomplish great things in their lives.