White Christians love celebrities as much as anyone, especially if there's a chance that someone famous might share their faith. They are quick to embrace anyone who mentions God in public as one of their own. Unfortunately, "Christian" celebrities usually disappoint.
The only "Christian" celebrities in existence today appear to be Jon and Kate Gosselin, Heidi and Spencer Pratt, and Jessica Simpson. Because of the constant revelations of questionable behavior by these individuals, such as Heidi's "nude witnessing" in Playboy, white Christians turn instead to Christian athletes for their role models.
The criteria for an athlete to be known throughout Christendom as a believer are not very strict - thanking God (or the "Big Guy") in post-game interview or dropping to a knee to pray after a touchdown will do it. White Christians everywhere will then cheer for this athlete and he will be featured on the cover of Sports Spectrum magazine, despite any recent reports of positive drug tests, illegitimate children, or strip club beatings. Once they're in, they're in - the athlete will remain a upstanding disciple in the minds of white Christians despite any and all indiscretions up to a double homicide.