Dustin played in all 185 Sun Devils games in his three seasons at Arizona State University. He was a three-time first-team All-Pac 10 selection and was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes award in 2004.
Dustin ranked fourth in the Major Leagues with 201 hits in 2016, the second-highest single-season total of his career (213 in 2008). He joined Wade Boggs (7), Jim Rice (4), Johnny Pesky (3) and Mo Vaughn (2) as the only Red Sox with multiple seasons of 200-or-more hits. He became the first Red Sox ever with as many as six hitting streaks of 10-or-more games in a single season and the first major leaguer to do that since Derek Jeter in 1999 (also six). A two-time World Series champion with the Red Sox, Dustin was the consensus American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was named AL Most Valuable Player in 2008. He also took home both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards at second base that year. A four-time A.L. All-Star, Dustin was named the second baseman in the starting lineup of the All-Fenway Team in 2012 and also earned the Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award as the Red Sox MVP from the Boston Baseball Writers for a second time (also 2008). No other Sox second baseman has ever been given the award.
Dustin is one of only eight players in the history of Major League Baseball to earn Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove awards, and a World Series during his playing career.