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Daniel Mano | Mercury News | September 27, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres surprised the San Jose State football team

  San Jose State's head coach Alonzo Carter danced his way on to Ellen's show.

Alonzo Carter clearly caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, and her gift to San Jose State sent a bunch of Spartans into a tizzy.

DeGeneres surprised Carter, an assistant coach for San Jose State football, with a live appearance on her hit ABC talk show "Ellen" -- and by giving the school $25,000 to go toward the program Beyond Football, which helps student athletes prepare for life after graduation while also volunteering in the community. 

Carter and Co. were at midfield at Spartan Stadium when, thinking they would be filming a segment to use later, they went on air with Ellen. They essentially did a collective double-take before realizing they were on "Ellen" and then erupted in celebration.

Their spirits were lifted again when Ellen announced the donation from her and Cheerios. (You can view the full video below).

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In between those two joyous outbursts, Ellen spoke with Carter -- a former backup dancer for MC Hammer whose moves went viral in April and were shown to start the segment -- as well as San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan and senior cornerback Jermaine Kelly.

"This is awesome," Brennan noted with a smile.

Ellen asked why Carter wanted to become a college coach.

"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."

Kelly shared an appreciation for Carter doing just that.

"From Day 1, he came in here and he took us all under his wing," the senior said. "He treated us like we were his sons, and I really appreciate that because being away from home -- all of my family is in Inglewood, Los Angeles -- so it was like having a home away from home. So I really appreciate him for that."

It's clear Ellen really appreciates Carter as well.

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