Heckenbach played in the football Bundesliga from 1992 to 1994 with the Düsseldorf Panthers , with whom he became German champions in 1994. From 1995 to 1998 the 1.90 meter wide receiver  was in the service of the Cologne Crocodiles .  In his time with the Braunschweig Lions (1999 to 2003)  He won the 1999 German championship and in the same year and then again in 2003 to EUR Bowl .  Heckenbach played in these years not only for Braunschweig in the Bundesliga, but also in the World League of American Football and theNFL Europe : 1997 and 1998 he was under contract with Frankfurt Galaxy , then from 1999 to 2004 with Berlin Thunder .  2001,  2002  and 2004  he won the World Bowl with Berlin . In 2003 he was in the training squad of the NFL team Green Bay Packers ,  at the end of July 2003 he was diagnosed with kidney failure, after Heckenbach, exhausted from the journey, collapsed during a training session. He then had to stay in hospital for a week, before the start of the NFL season he was removed from the squad by Green Bay.  In summer 2004, he again played in front with a team from the NFL and received by the Cleveland Browns a training contract.  The jump in the final squad but he did not succeed.
In the Bundesliga, Heckenbach reinforced the Berlin Adler in the 2005 season ,  from 2006 to 2008 he again wore the colors of the Braunschweig Lions  and won the German championship three times in a row. 
With the German national team in 2000 he was second in the European Championship  and 2001 European champion. In 2005 he won gold with the national team at the World Games in Duisburg ,  at the 2007 World Cup, he reached third place with Germany. 
In 2008 Heckenbach was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf .  After the end of his playing career, in 2009 he worked for the Braunschweig Lions in the acquisition and support of sponsors.  Already during his playing days he worked in the commercial area for a Brunswick fitness studio,  later he supervised professional footballer Karim Bellarabi and other athletes as a fitness trainer , he was also active as a speaker and as a consultant for sport, motivation, nutrition and marketing . 
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|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German American football player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||28. November 1974|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Düsseldorf|