Colts accused of ‘ripping off’ new logo design from local high school

The Colts announced a set of small changes to their logos and designs Monday morning, and a certain look caught the eye of a designer.

The Colts changed their wordmark and expanded their color palette, but they also added a new secondary logo. The logo features a “C” for Colts and inserts an outline of the state of Indiana in the middle of the C. A release for the logo says “the outline of Indiana is carved out inside the C to honor our home state and community.”


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Shortly after the new logo was announced, a designer for a local high school noticed the look was very familiar. The logo was practically identical to something he created for a local high school several years ago.

The new Colts secondary logo looks very similar to a logo Cathedral High School used back in 2017. Although the logo doesn’t appear on the high school’s website, the school did use it in several tweets at the time.

Some claimed it was unlikely the Colts would have seen the logo. But the creator said in a follow up tweet “we tagged [the Colts] regularly in posts because of using their facilities, playing in their stadium.” Tight end Jack Doyle went to Cathedral and is now a member of the Colts.

This is the second time this offseason an NFL team has been accused of stealing a logo. During the Rams’ logo release, they were accused of ripping off a look from Angelo State University. 

There’s no way of knowing for sure if the Colts purposefully stole the look from Cathedral. But there’s no denying the uncanny similarities between the two logos.

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