Utah’s Ty Burrell to participate in NFL draft

First Published      Last Updated May 08 2014 11:07 am

New York • The NFL draft is getting a dose of Hollywood.

"Modern Family" star, and St. Louis Rams fan Ty Burrell — who lives in Utah part time — will participate in the first round of the draft with the team.

His main duty will be to hand the team jersey to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the team's 13th pick. The league said Wednesday it's the first time a celebrity has taken part in the draft, which starts Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and runs until Saturday.

The NFL will kick off the draft with the national anthem for the first time, with a performance from a West Point cadet who will be joined onstage by military servicemen and women, their mothers, as well as alumni from the Wounded Warrior Project.

Burrell's wife, Holly, was born and raised near Fruit Heights in Davis County and the couple live half the year in Utah, when he's not filming "Modern Family." Burrell and his brother and two brothers-in-law recently opened Beer Bar in downtown Salt Lake City.