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Tim Tebow ... and the Hyperbaric Chamber of Secrets

8/12/2010 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL rookie Tim Tebow just had a hyperbaric oxygen chamber delivered to his hotel room at Denver Broncos training camp ... but TMZ has learned he's been using the device for more than two years.

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The device -- which is said to "greatly accelerate the recovery process" -- was purchased by Tim in 2008 for just under $20,000 ... this according to Ric Rooney, owner of Pikes Peak Hyperbaric.

According to Ric, Tebow had the device shipped from his home in Florida to training camp -- but couldn't set it up ... so PPH sent a rep to Broncos camp to help Tim out.

Rooney tells us Tebow has been getting "banged up" at practice ... and Tim felt the chamber could help him heal quicker. We're told Tim has a routine where he sits in the chamber for 60-90 minutes after every practice.

We're told hyperbaric chambers are big in the NFL right now -- with stars like T.O. and Hines Ward using them routinely.


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1.

Brian    

Anybody remember when it was SO WEIRD when Michael Jackson was said to use one?

Guess instead of being crazy - he was just ahead of his time. I don't see anyone making fun of the athletes!

1478 days ago
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Beachy    

Just curious-how does a college student afford one of those?

1478 days ago
3.

M    

#1-- You are SO right!! Very good point.

#2-- I was wondering the same thing. NCAA rules violation investigation anyone?!

1478 days ago
4.

awards    

Does it work better than gerbils?

1478 days ago
5.

whatever    

2 and 3 (and 4) - my sentiments exactly.

1478 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I think he comes from a pretty well off family.

1478 days ago
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Karen Thompson    

You would not believe how well these things work. Ric Rooney is trying to help everyone in CO realize it's benefits. Pikes Peak Hyperbaric is really awesome. Helps with conditions like fibromyalgia, injuries, even the Army is investigating it's benefits for wounded soldiers.

1478 days ago
8.

Laker    

He could afford it two years ago because his family is a rich white family. He's not like your typical black athlete who comes from the ghetto and whose family is tempted by illegal money and gifts.

Also, if you've never been to Denver, you have no idea what the high altitude feels like. The lack of oxygen up there really does drain you.

1478 days ago
9.

Jules    

I agree with #1.... just goes to show how the media works!

1478 days ago
10.

Dan    

I wonder if Focus on the Family provided it for him.

1478 days ago
11.

MJAlways    

So are people gonna pick on this guy too for sleeping in one just like MJ? OH wait...I don't think the media works that way. If this guy does it, it's fine...if Michael does it, HE'S CRAZY! Hypocrites.

1478 days ago
12.

DeeWA2010    

I have been a GATOR fan for years. Saw Tim play, in person, in 06 at the FL v GA annual get-together in Jacksonville. He was just a freshman then, and was put in for the QB keeper plays. He's a tough young man, first Soph to win the Heisman. I think he was a finalist 3 yrs.
Guess this Seahawk fan is going to have to start....?rooting? for the Broncos. That's a hard one... The Seahawks used to be in the same division as the Broncos basically RIVALS. :)
ALL that said... if he thinks it helps him heal... great.

1478 days ago
13.

jb    

U know ur the Man....when they deliver hyperbolic chambers to ur hotel room....#justsayin

1478 days ago
14.

SBER    

How old is this picture?! Did nobody notice Tebow's new haircut from training camp last week where he looked like a balding friar? If this story is true the pic is way old.

1478 days ago
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I Was About To Say    

AND MICHAEL JACKSON WAS ONLY TRYING OUT A MACHINE FOR BURN VICTIMS, YET HE WAS MADE FUN OF AND CALLED WACKO. WHY DON'T THEY CALL THIS DUDE WACKO??!!!! THEY WERE ALWAYS UNFAIR TO MICHAEL!

OK, I'LL DO IT: TIM TEBOW IS WACKO! There, now we are even.

1478 days ago
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