Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprised a Mountain West football team with national TV time this week.
It wasn’t Fresno State.
Rather, it was the Bulldogs’ longtime rival: the San Jose State Spartans.
Ellen spotlighted San Jose State much because Spartans assistant Alonzo Carter caught internet attention when a video of him dancing and showcasing classic moves from the 1990s went viral.
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Carter brings a unique background to the coaching circle as a former backup dancer to hip hop artist MC Hammer.
The “Ellen” segment began with the video clip of Carter dancing in front of the team.
Members of the San Jose State football team were then surprised with a live appearance on the ABC talk show while at midfield at Spartan Stadium after initially thinking their segment would simply be filmed and aired later.
The Spartans erupted in celebration upon realizing they were on live national TV.
Ellen asked Carter why he became a college football coach.
Because I wanted to change lives. I wanted to go back to my community and give back and let college football give an opportunity to get your education.
San Jose State assistant Alonzo Carter on why he went from dancing to coaching
“Because I wanted to change lives,” Carter replied. “I wanted to go back to my community and give back and let college football give an opportunity to get your education.”
Ellen then surprised Carter and the Spartans once more by announcing a donation of $25,000 to Carter’s “Beyond Football” program from her and Cheerios.
That prompted Carter to dance some more.
Check out Carter’s moves at the end of the Ellen segment.
How does Carter compare to MC Hammer in his popular video “U Can’t Touch This?”