Of course, Hammer’s most famous song and music video was “U Can’t Touch This.” Wearing those famous parachute pants and pulling off dance moves like “The Running Man” and that darn side shuffle Hammer dance, MC Hammer won over the hearts of wannabe breakdancers and music lovers across the globe.
One man who helped make those moves popular was football coach Alonzo Carter. Some 27 years later, the former backup dancer for MC Hammer (who also starred in the famous music video) broke them out to the delight of San Jose State’s football team when he was introduced as the Spartans’ running backs coach.
SJSU Coach Dances to MC Hammer
Get it, big fella!
San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan looked over with a grin at Carter. Once the famous song began playing, he couldn’t help but break out his inner Hammer.
Carter hits all of the moves without hesitation. He even breaks it down and hits the side shuffle MC Hammer made famous. All he needed was the big, baggy pants. His players can’t get enough of the routine despite none of them being born when the song was released in 1990.
“It just naturally came,” Carter told ESPN. “It’s a whole routine. We choreographed that routine over 25 years ago, and it’s still strong. It’s still prominent.”
Alonzo Carter Was MC Hammer’s Backup Dancer
Carter was playing football at Hayward State outside of Oakland back in 1989 when he and some friends auditioned to dance in another music video for MC Hammer.
They got the gig, became his permanent backup dancers and toured around the world with Hammer. They performed at events like the Grammys and the MTV Video Music Awards.
That’s Carter in the blue pants behind MC Hammer:
Of course, Carter’s dancing video at SJSU became a viral sensation.
Ellen DeGeneres even surprised “Coach Zo” on The Ellen Show, where he broke out his funky dance on live TV. She then gave the program a check for $25,000.
Alonzo Carter still serves as San Jose State’s running backs coach as of 2021, and I’m sure he’s still busting a move every time he gets the chance.